‘I’m cheap, but I de­liver qual­ity’

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Film­maker Dibakar Ban­er­jee, who is known for off­beat films such as Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006), Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008) and Shang­hai (2012), says that the se­cret to his suc­cess is that he does not charge as much as other suc­cess­ful film­mak­ers.

“I have sur­vived as I am cheap and I have made much less money than my con­tem- po­raries. I charge much less than a suc­cess­ful film­maker. My films cost much less. Some­thing as lav­ish and as much of a vis­ual feast like De­tec­tive By­omkesh Bak­shy! was made on a mi­nus­cule bud­get com­pared to a typ­i­cal Bol­ly­wood pe­riod film. It was made on 50% of a typ­i­cal pe­riod film bud­get. But the look, style and feel ac­tu­ally added to the film. I am cheap and I de­liver qual­ity which is above the av­er­age line. That is how I sur­vive,” he says.

Talk­ing about his films, he says that he has never tried to stay within the bound­aries of what works in Bol­ly­wood. “The kind of films I have made and what I am pro­duc­ing right now com­pletely flies in the face of the logic that Bol­ly­wood can give it­self to pre­dict the com­mer­cial suc­cess or sur­vival of a film,” he says, adding, “My film Titli also had a story which was ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one. Peo­ple should be able to re­late to the story with­out any dumb­ing down or lay­ers be­ing cut.”

Mean­while, most of his films have been based in Delhi and the film­maker says this is be­cause he can re­late well to the place. “I’m from Delhi. That’s the world I know very in­ti­mately. The kind of films that I do need de­tails of nu­ances of cul­ture. This comes eas­i­est to me as I am from Delhi,” he says.


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