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
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.