We film­mak­ers haven’t come from Mars, says Shoo­jit Sir­car

The film­maker says he isn’t “ner­vous”, but is “surely anx­ious” about his next fea­ture film; talks about his next short movie

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When he’s not mak­ing ‘com­mer­cial’ Bol­ly­wood movies such as Vicky Donor (2012), Piku (2015) and Pink (2016), Shoo­jit Sir­car loves to touch upon rel­e­vant so­cial is­sues with his short films. The film-maker says, “I have a lot of shorts com­ing up this year, es­pe­cially on so­cial is­sues. In fact, two or three of them are al­ready lined up,” he says.

Sir­car adds that as con­scious cit­i­zens, film­mak­ers present in their films what they see around them. “We aren’t from Mars. Also, if you are a film-maker, you au­to­mat­i­cally be­come so­cially re­spon­si­ble, be­cause you are pre­sent­ing your film to the peo­ple. That re­spon­si­bil­ity is very im­por­tant,” he says.

The film-maker’s lat­est short film is about how com­par­ing chil­dren to one an­other may re­sult in a lot of pres­sure for them. “The con­cept was shared with me by my dear friend Ritu Sharda. Last year, we worked on a short film about exam pres­sure. Af­ter that, I did a lot of re­search, vis­ited a lot of coun­sel­lors and psy­chol­o­gists, and fig­ured out some­thing unique as well bizarre. They told me that the max­i­mum num­ber of cases — when it comes to the num­ber of vis­its to psy­chol­o­gists — come from the age group of 6 to 18,” he says.

When Sir­car and his team dug deeper, the big­gest con­clu­sion was that par­ents of­ten un­know­ingly com­pare younger teenagers (around 1213 years of age) with other kids, which leads to a lot of stress. “That com­par­i­son soon turns into a sort of com­pe­ti­tion for the kids. That’s when their con­fi­dence comes down and they start feel­ing low,” says the film-maker. He adds that the con­fes­sions fea­tured in his short film are ac­tual con­fes­sions by chil­dren.

Sir­car feels such top­ics

I have chil­dren and am see­ing them grow. I strongly feel that ev­ery kid is like a dif­fer­ent plant and re­quires a dif­fer­ent kind of nur­tur­ing. SHOO­JIT SIR­CAR, FILM­MAKER

res­onate with peo­ple, be­cause they orig­i­nate from a per­sonal place. He says, “I have chil­dren and am see­ing them grow. I strongly feel that ev­ery kid is like a dif­fer­ent plant and re­quires a dif­fer­ent kind of nur­tur­ing. I be­lieve strongly in what I had tweeted about re­al­ity shows some time ago. A lot of com­par­isons are made even in those shows. If a kid can’t per­form up at a cer­tain level, he is made to feel that he is a no­body.”

Apart from the short films, Sir­car also has Oc­to­ber, star­ring Varun Dhawan and new­bie Banita Sandhu, com­ing up. “I am not ner­vous, but I’m surely anx­ious about it, be­cause it’s a new story and genre that I am com­ing up with. I al­ways say that I have been quite lucky in all my ear­lier films. I am thank­ful to the au­di­ence. I hope they en­joy this ex­pe­ri­ence, and I am ea­gerly wait­ing for peo­ple to watch it,” he says.

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