Anurag’s gift to his li’l ladies
Filmmakers derive inspiration from diverse sources. And for his next — a Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif-starrer — Anurag Basu’s inspiration was his daughters, Ishana and Ahana.
Although Anurag’s last film, Barfi! (2012), was widely acclaimed, his daughters “didn’t quite enjoy” it. “Anurag promised Ishana and Ahana that the next film which he will make will be something that they will love,” says an insider.
To keep his promise, Anurag — who had other story ideas in mind as well — decided to first start work on the Ranbir and Katrina-starrer. “Barfi! was loved by all, and won all the top awards. But my daughters didn’t quite enjoy the film, and that got me thinking about what didn’t work for them,” says the filmmaker, adding that with his next film, he is trying to cater to audiences of all age groups, and something that his “girls, too, would love”.
In fact, after the first screening of Barfi!, Ranbir had asked Anurag about their next film together. “I had a few other stories that I wanted to work on, and my next film was supposed to be one that I had planned to make much later. However, after the reaction of my daughters to Barfi!, I pushed all my other projects and advanced this one, knowing that kids and families would enjoy this story more,” he says.
A still from Barfi!; Top: Anurag Basu; his daughters (top, inset)