‘AWARDS HAVE VERY LIT­TLE MEAN­ING IN THE IN­DUS­TRY’

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Kavita Awaasthi

Con­tin­ued from P1 How was the ex­pe­ri­ence of shooting for the Harry Pot­ter movies? It was a world un­like any other. It was a big movie made on a big scale and all the ac­tors were well looked af­ter. Harry Pot­ter movies are fan­tasy films and they need strong spe­cial ef­fects. So in the end, act­ing plays a tiny part in the en­tire film. It’s a dif­fer­ent kind of film­mak­ing as com­pared to films like Spi­der (2002) or The Con­stant Gar­dener (2005). I’m in­stinc­tively drawn to films that are based our ev­ery­day hu­man sto­ries.

You were nom­i­nated for the Os­cars and won many Golden Globe awards, too. What do awards mean to you to­day? It is al­ways a good feel­ing when you are hon­oured with an award, but awards can’t be the only mo­ti­va­tion. In the end, they have a very lit­tle mean­ing in the in­dus­try. Award cer­e­monies are a cel­e­bra­tion and there is a place for it. The kind of mad­ness that takes over peo­ple when they are think­ing about awards is not healthy and not valid to me. But I am happy that one or two awards have been given to me.

Which of your films have been the clos­est to your heart? I have to say The Con­stant Gar­dener. I loved the ex­pe­ri­ence of mak­ing the film and the way Fer­nando (Meirelles; di­rec­tor) shot it. I was close to the char­ac­ter. The pro­ducer, Simon Chan­ning Wil­liams, is a won­der­ful man. We shot most of the film in Kenya and I loved the way it was shot (Sony Pix will pay a trib­ute to Ralph Fi­ennes for com­plet­ing 25 years as an ac­tor).

You’ve shot at numer­ous lo­ca­tions around the world. Which place was the most fun and chal­leng­ing to shoot in? I loved shooting in Tu­nisia for The English Pa­tient. The desert lo­ca­tion was chal­leng­ing yet beau­ti­ful. I like shooting at re­mote places. I loved North­ern Kenya, where we shot the last se­quences of The Con­stant Gar­dener.

You have di­rected movies as well. What prompted that de­ci­sion? I wanted to make a film adap­ta­tion of Shake­speare’s tragedy, Co­ri­olanus. I wanted to play the part once again on film, as I felt that the role had the ca­pa­bil­ity to speak to the mod­ern au­di­ence, too. It talks about the cri­sis of lead­er­ship and the cri­sis of democ­racy, which is con­tem­po­rary and is still as much of an is­sue as it was thou­sands of years ago in Rome.

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