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06-08-2009, 12:48 PM #1
Rakeysh reveals all
Rakeysh OmPrakash Mehra is upbeat about the Bollywood’s Mozart, A R Rahman’s win.
“I have worked with A R Rahman in two of my filmsand I feel at home with him. After he won the Oscars, we talked for half an hour! I also met him as soon as he returned to the country. I heard that a huge crowd gathered at the airport to receive him. Guess I missed that scene,” he chuckles.
His recentmovie, Delhi-6, received a mixed response at the box office. And, Rakeysh accepts that with a smile. “I’m both happy and heart-broken with the results of Delhi-6. Certain aspects of the story worked well. The songshave almost become anthems. But, I wasn’t able to tell what was running on my mind and transcribe the thoughts on to the screen. Well, it’s all a part of life. I’m a story teller. There is no excitement in telling the same story again and again. A filmmaker learns the most while he’s making a film. After making Rang De Basanti and Delhi-6, I have gained more knowledge. I discovered why I make a film,” he says.
Though his movies are commercial (read song and dance) in nature, Rakeysh is tired of them. “It will look idiotic if a cop bursts into a song in between the story. So, I weaved songs with the script in RDB and Delhi-6. But, I don’t get the point of having intervals. I was forced to have an interval in my films for economic reasons. I don’t think attention spans are decreasing, at least, not in the entertainment business,” he says.
Rakeysh believes that the market will expand only if a filmmaker tries out new things. “Audiences are humans. It’s ok to make them feel uncomfortable because their sensitivity will make us experiment. Unless we give them things on a new platter, they won’t know which they like the most,” he says.
The filmmaker reveals that he is currently working on a few scripts. “My next film, Paanch Kaurav, will be an adventure film, based on mythology. The film will be set 100 years ago and I’m sure it will be better than Lord of the Rings or any other film in that genre. It will be a fantastical film,” he says.
And, it doesn’t stop with that. “I’m writing the script for Bhairavi,” he says and adds that he plans to make a film on the romance between Mirza and Sahibaan, which is likely to have his Delhi-6 lead pair, AbhishekBachchanand Sonam Kapoor, yet again.
But he’s more excited about producing films for young directors. “I’m planning to produce movies with young talents. My first production will go on the floors this September,” he says and adds, “I want to work with newcomers. There was a point in time, you never thought you would get a captain from Ranchi!”
Rakeysh is also quite clear about his formula for making his kind of films. “When I make movies, it’s more like a personal experience. It has to challenge me, excite me. Slumdog Millionaire is one of my favourites. How do we expand our cinema? That’s the challenge Slumdog... throws at us. If I can achieve that, I’m a perfect filmmaker. After all, I have just arrived,” he signs off.
Rakeysh reveals all - Bollywood - Entertainment - The Times of India
06-08-2009, 09:13 PM #2
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06-08-2009, 10:25 PM #3