Anurag’s gift to his li’l ladies

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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)

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