Shoo­jit’s not a film­mak­ing fac­tory

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shalvi Man­gaokar ■­gaokar@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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