‘I AM JUST HAPPY MAK­ING SMALL FILMS’

Dibakar Ban­er­jee ex­plains how mak­ing small, un­con­ven­tional films works best for him

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I sleep only five hours ev­ery night th­ese days, I’m awake think­ing of in­no­va­tive ways to pro­mote

Dibakar Ban­er­jee, film­maker

Of late, the ex­or­bi­tant bud­gets of com­mer­cial Bol­ly­wood films have been a cause of con­cern for the industry as it leads to lesser profit mar­gins for the mak­ers. But one film­maker who seems un­af­fected is award-win­ning di­rec­tor Dibakar Ban­er­jee who has given hits such as Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006), Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008) and Shang­hai (2012). The film­maker whose lat­est di­rec­to­rial stars ac­tor Ran­vir Shorey and new­com­ers Shashank Arora and Shivani Raghu­van­shi, says, “The trend of de­creas­ing prof­its of big-bud­get films is not alarm­ing for me, as I want to make films which are small, and make a small or tidy profit for pro­duc­ers so that one can have the in­de­pen­dence to tell sto­ries which are dif­fer­ent from com­mer­cial main­stream cin­ema. The more trou­ble the com­mer­cial main­stream has, the bet­ter my ex­is­tence will be.”

The 46-year-old adds, how­ever, that get­ting financial back­ing for un­con­ven­tional films like his has al­ways been a task. “It’s al­ways hard to get fi­nances and it has been like that for so many years. Films with dif­fer­ent sub­jects al­ways find it hard (to get back­ing) but they are the ones which even­tu­ally change the face of main­stream cin­ema,” he says, adding, “With my up­com­ing film, this is an is­sue right now. The bud­get is so mi­nus­cule and we have to think of ways to get the in­ter­est of the au­di­ence. It is an in­tense task. I am sleep­ing only five hours ev­ery night at this time be­cause I keep awake think­ing of in­no­va­tive ways to pro­mote the film.”

The ta­lented film­maker ex­plains how he has al­ways tried to at­tempt newer gen­res. “This is maybe be­cause for me, each of my films sig­ni­fies a fail­ure. Once a film is over, I out­grow that film and feel a sense of dis­sat­is­fac­tion. I want to move on and try some­thing new so that I can go for­ward and away from the last one.”

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