NASEER IN­SPIRED BY YOUNG­STERS

Naseerud­din Shah says that the en­ergy of ta­lented young­sters rubs off on him

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Kavita Awaasthi kavita. awaasthi@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

From a satire like Aakrosh (1980) to a big-ticket mul­ti­star­rer like Main Hoon Na (2004) — Naseerud­din Shah has man­aged a steady bal­ance be­tween main­stream cin­ema and off­beat, in­die films. His lat­est, Char­lie Kay Chakkar Main, is a small-bud­get film that pri­mar­ily stars new­com­ers. The 65-year-old talks about be­ing in­spired by younger artistes, and more...

You do com­mer­cial films like Wel­come Back, and also small-bud­get projects like your up­com­ing movie. What are your rea­sons for do­ing this?

While some films are made in dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions and with small bud­gets, oth­ers have a lot of money in­vested in them. I have been part of both kinds of films from the be­gin­ning of my ca­reer. While I do some of them keep­ing in mind the money be­ing of­fered to me — just like ev­ery­one is work­ing for money — I also feel a re­spon­si­bil­ity, to be part of movies that are not based on any for­mula, and are orig­i­nal.

You’ve al­ways sup­ported theatre ac­tors en­ter­ing Bol­ly­wood...

I am glad to see a vast num­ber of young, ta­lented girls and boys en­ter­ing films. It is in­spir­ing to work with them. Most of them are skill­ful and tech­ni­cally ahead, as com­pared to how in­formed ac­tors of my gen­er­a­tion were at that age. Even while work­ing on my next, I was touched by the idea of young­sters try­ing to make a thriller un­der ex­tremely tough con­di­tions, and with a small bud­get.

Many peo­ple are of the opin­ion that it is eas­ier for star kids to en­ter the film industry. What is your take on this?

Star kids have it easy, but again, no one can es­cape strug­gle in Bol­ly­wood. Th­ese kids might get an easy start, but over a pe­riod of time, ev­ery cre­ative per­son has to go through heart­break­ing strug­gle to achieve suc­cess.

PHOTO: KALPAK PATHAK/HT

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