Tigmangshu Dhulia has by now become almost synonymous with real cinema. Having made his acting debut recently in Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur, Dhulia is all set for his next directorial venture Bullet Raja, with Saif Ali Khan. Millennium Post caught up with the actor-director at the launch of the first Delhi International Film Festival. Excerpts:
First Delhi International Film Festival and 100 years of Indian cinema. Do you think this is the new dawn?
New dawn is a very heavy word but, yes, the International Film festival will bring in a whole lot of new opportunities and talent to Bollywood.
It’s the time for film buffs to watch the movies they would otherwise not get DVD’s of or for that matter even Torrent links. I might not meet my friends from the industry every other day but this festival would be a time for me to discuss and celebrate cinema with them.
Indian cinema is increasingly getting ‘real’. Do you think this is going to grow?
This kind of cinema is definitely growing. There are a lot of outsiders who have entered the industry and they are very keen on making their point. They belong to states like Jharkhand or Orissa and portray only what they have experienced in life. What we the filmmakers do is present what has left an impact on us in different phases of our lives. This has led to the acceptance of such genre.
So do you digress from the path of serious cinema? Do we see you making a movie that might be a complete chick flick?
The life that such movies project, I have never lived that kind of life. I think I should not even think of an attempt like that or I will fall flat on my face.
How important is it to have the right budget and the right producer?
One of the most important things is to have the kind of producer who would support and empower you and your idea. There are many corporates to support you and the transparency is good enough to handle recoveries. But what is most important and what our film industry lacks is a visionary producer. To have a visionary producer is like having a torchbearer of your ideas and concepts. The lack of which has led many filmmakers, like me and (Anurag) Kashyap for instance, to turn into producers ourselves. It is of great advantage always to have the right producer.
What next from you?
There is Saheb biwi aur Gangster 2 for which we need to shoot a song. The film will be out in January next year. Then there is Bullet Raja with Saif (Ali Khan) in full action mode, set in the backdrop of the Mafia and underworld. Also lined-up for release next year is Milan Talkies which is a love story about how two lovers are unable to communicate in times where we are equipped with the best of technology.