DIRECTING A COMMERCIAL FILM IS
NEITHER A COMPROMISE NOR A COMEDOWN
is Takshak all about?
young people in Mumbai and the choices they have to make in their lives. It is their
choices that will determine the course of their future, and affect others. The story is
set in the late 90s and revolves around a middle class family.
did you decide to cast Ajay Devgan and Tabu?
Ajay and I had been
wanting to do a film together for a long time. When I had approached him, I just had the
story in mind. I had not yet written the script. Without asking for the script, Ajay
immediately agreed to do the film. His faith in me was touching. Tabu is among the best
actresses we have today, and she comes across as very sensitive on screen. Among the
younger lot, Tabu and Kajol are the best. Tabus performances are controlled and she
underplays her role. Shes playing a modern, intelligent girl in my film.
I will be introducing Rahul Bose to Hindi films
with Takshak. He was noticed for his performance in English, August and in Indias
first English teleserial, A Mouthful Of Sky. He is a stage actor and is very confident. A
new girl who will be paired with him has almost been finalised. Amrish Puri, Govind
Namdeo, Atul Kumar and Anupam Kher play other important roles.
film also has songs this time, right?
Yes, A.R. Rahman has
composed six songs and the lyrics have been written by Mehboob. Some poems by Suryabhanu
Gupta have also been composed.
did you feel the need to switch over to commercial cinema?
Takshak is a fusion of
both, art and commercial type of films. In it, you will find the sensibility of parallel
cinema and strong elements of popular cinema, like a dramatic narration. A lot of hue and
cry has been made about me, an art filmmaker, directing a commercial film. But let me tell
you it is not a compromise and neither is it a comedown. Its just telling a story in
a different form. Its the form which is an artistic strategy, and I have just
changed my strategy this time. Thats it.
there any kind of pressure on you since the distributors are wary of films made by art
I have been fortunate not
to experience any such pressure. The story is mine, I have got star-actors, only the
format is different from my usual kind of film.
does Takshak mean?
Takshak is the name of a
snake in the Mahabharat. But there is no parallel between the epic and my film.