Shoojit’s not a filmmaking factory
Shoojit Sircar’s last release, Piku, won several hearts, and though it has been just a few months since its release, the audience is keen to find out what he’ll be coming out with next. But the filmmaker is in no hurry.
Ask him if taking long breaks between films could sometimes have an adverse effect on directors, and he says that though there’s pressure, he operates at his own pace “The industry norm has been that and there’s a certain pressure attached to it too. But I’m in no hurry. If I like something and I want to tell that story, I’ll go ahead and do it. But I’m not here to churn out films like a factory. I don’t go by that pressure,”
Recently, Shoojit had said that comedies — though two of his most loved films belong to that genre — was never on his mind. He explains the statement, “I didn’t know I could make a comedy. I’m drawn towards political subjects and was involved in many too. So I didn’t know that I could handle comedy well or not. But my wife and colleagues kept saying that my comic timing, the way I speak and explain things, has a lot of humour. I recently got a lovely script from Juhi (Chaturvedi, writer).”
While he’s majorly involved in films, Shoojit started his career with theatre. “It’s going to be a very wrong wish for me, but I really want to go back to theatre. But while I’ve learnt everything from theatre, cinema is more intoxicating. Currently, I’m busy with films, but may be someday I’ll go back to theatre,” says the filmmaker.