Santosh Sivan wants to direct a donkey again

Mumbai, Sep 19 After 'Tahaan', director Santosh Sivan wants to make another film with a donkey and says the the animal could be seen as more than the stereotypical beast of burden.

Friday, September 19, 2008 | 7:10:43 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
 0 Comments | By

Mumbai, Sep 19 (IANS) After 'Tahaan', director Santosh Sivan wants to make another film with a donkey and says the the animal could be seen as more than the stereotypical beast of burden.

'I found my donkey Birbal in 'Tahaan' to be as intelligent as some of my human actors. I want to write a film revolving around him,' Sivan told IANS.

'We refer to people with a dim intellect or to people whom we want to insult as a 'gadhaa' (donkey). But the donkey is an intelligent creature. I think our society and our movies have been terribly unfair to donkeys. While horses, dogs and even snakes are eulogised in our movies, donkeys are always ridiculed,' he added.

'Tahaan' received favourable reviews and Sivan says shooting the film with child artiste Purav Bhandare and the donkey Birbal was a smooth ride.

'Believe me, it wasn't hard directing Purav or the donkey. I don't think we've had a film where a donkey plays a pivotal part. Donkeys have always been the underdogs. People use 'gadhaa' as a derogatory term when they're intelligent creatures. I've directed animals before, a poodle in 'Halo' for example.'

Sivan says getting the donkey was the hard part, and not directing it.

'There're no donkeys in Kashmir except in a village called Sirhome. Once we got this observant donkey, I handed it over to Purav. Children love to shoulder responsibilities and they take them very seriously. Have you seen little girls, how they mother their dolls?'

To Purav, Birbal was his personal project.

'The donkey would react only to Purav's commands. Since that's what the film required, it worked to our advantage.'

'Donkeys have eyesight that sees in a circumference of 360 degrees. I wanted to make Birbal the mute spectator to all that is happening in the valley.'

But Sivan didn't want to make a grim film about militancy.

'I wanted to keep the tone light. That's why even when we hear guns and bomb blasts, the narrative doesn't lose its innocence. The militants are not your typical extremists. The ones you see are ambivalent in personality and motives. I didn't want the story to get heavy-hearted,' said Sivan.

User Rating Rating(1 Votes)

Share On :

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on WhatsApp

To stay updated with similiar articles follow

Related News

User Comments & Ratings

Join India Forums for free to comment on this story. Have an account already? Use Quick Login to comment.
Dear Readers,
  • Please do not use derogatory comments in reply to the stories published on Bollywood, India-Forums.
  • The credibility of the site matter to us, and the comments in bad taste tend to invariably hurt the actors/production house/channel etc.
  • So kindly, refrain from creating an unhealthy atmosphere for all, and keep your comments constructive.
  • Also, please use the Rate It button if you want to just thank the author for posting the story.


Bollywood Hot N' Happening Articles Index

Disclaimer: All Logos and Pictures of various Channels, Shows, Artistes, Media Houses, Companies, Brands etc. belong to their respective owners, and are used to merely visually identify the Channels, Shows, Companies, Brands, etc. to the viewer. Incase of any issue please contact the webmaster.

Popular Channels :
Star Plus | Zee TV | Sony TV | Colors TV | SAB TV | Life OK

Quick Links :
Top 100 TV Celebrities | Top 100 Bollywood Celebs | About Us | Contact Us | Advertise | Forum Index