Ghay­wan’s two cents

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— Neeraj Ghay­wan, film­maker

Di­rec­tor Neeraj

Ghay­wan (right), whose re­cent film star­ring Richa Chadda has tugged on quite a few heart­strings, wants to make films “that touch the au­di­ence on a per­sonal level”.

Ghay­wan, who won two awards for the film at the Cannes In­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­val this year, says, “I have been con­di­tioned that way, I guess. When I was a kid, I’d watch films on Do­or­dar­shan. The chan­nel mostly played Satya­jit Ray and Shyam Bene­gal films. I didn’t grow up on Amitabh Bachchan films. It’s not that I was born with a spe­cial tal­ent to watch films with re­al­ism in them, but I had no other op­tion but to watch what my three el­der sis­ters were watch­ing (laughs),” he says.

“Apart from Ray and Bene­gal, I am a big fan of Shekhar Ka­pur’s work as well. Then, in­ter­na­tion­ally I ad­mire the Bel­gian film­maker duo, Dar­denne broth­ers, and the Aus­trian di­rec­tor Michael Haneke. Their films al­ways talk about the moral or ex­is­ten­tial prob­lems that the work­ing class faces. They don’t go much into the so­cio-po­lit­i­cal back­ground. That’s the kind of cin­ema that ap­peals to me, and those are the kind of sto­ries I want to tell through my films,” he adds.

The film­maker, who served as the as­sis­tant di­rec­tor to Anurag Kashyap’s pop­u­lar film, Gangs Of Wassey­pur, also in­sists on shoot­ing in real lo­ca­tions, and rarely goes for an ar­ti­fi­cially-cre­ated shoot­ing set. “I al­ways like to shoot in a real lo­ca­tion. You can have the best pro­duc­tion de­signer, the best lo­ca­tion de­signer, who will cu­rate the best sets for a di­rec­tor. But even with that, these sets can’t recre­ate the beauty of a real place,” he says.

I like films that talk about moral is­sues that mid­dle class faces. That’s the kind of cin­ema I like

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