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Dibaker Banerjee: DBB is my escapism without the opium

Vishal Verma, IndiaGlitz [Wednesday, April 01, 2015]
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India's avant garde filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee brand of cerebral cinema gets a new style and technique in DBB. The two time National award winner filmmaker gets up close and personal in a candid conversation. He says he is a cheap filmmaker, not arty as critics labeled him. Denies the influence of Baz Luhrmann in his funky, jazzy, pop videoish, abstract and dark treatment to DBB. His type of cinema and the desire to be in the coveted 300 crore club one day without any creative compromise.

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When was the first time you came across DBB

When I was 12 years old. My parents told me not to read it's for grownups. That was a sure kick to steal a look at it when no one was around.

What was the impact?

Unforgettable. The quality of writing and the quality of imagery Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay has put has fascinated me - The city of Kolkata, the 1940's, Byomkesh and his adventures that all come alive. Once you start reading you will not stop till you finish. I believe this is the case with everybody who reads Byomkesh Bakshi.

You wanted to make DBBB after Khosla Ka Ghosla..why  it took nine years to realize this dream.

After Khosla Ka Ghosla I was speaking to a studio and the studio was fairly interested in doing this film. But I feel to make a movie of this scale I needed to have few more films to my credit and graduate to this level to make something like DBB.

Can you name the Studio

The studio has done my previous films and they were supportive. Right now there's no point in naming them as Yash Raj is doing it. I did another film with them. So it was just like happening, happening and happening and I feel its destiny. I believe nothing can be better for me in doing DBB now as probably during that time I was not much prepared for it.

Your cinematic idiom adapted in DBB smells like Baz Luhrmann's 1996 remarkably divisive and fresh pop videoish adaptation of Romeo + Juliet (starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes) - the use of funk, jazz, pop, rock, dark elements.

Very interesting.. Since you have mentioned, honestly it never entered into my head when I was thinking how my adaptation of DBB will be and truth to be told here is that me and my wife have loved Baz Luhrmann's 's Romeo Juliet adaptation cause we love Shakespeare and the way Lurhman has done that in the film is lovely. We loved the art direction, we loved everything. What we have done in DBB is different. If you do Shakespeare you have to take the words literally and the only change is the visual change. In DBB I have taken the Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay's Byomkesh story and re-interpreted it to explain the beginning of Byomkesh which is not there ever.

The influence of contemporary music to a period based story, was it to give a kick to the current generation

When we see a period film, we see a caricature of the period. When a medieval Emperor gets ready for a war our source of his anger is a quote by a poet whose job is to embellish, hyperbolize what roughly,  directly the Emperor might have said. He might have said,"f**k the enemy' and the poet writes destroy the enemy the way an insect gets destroyed by a candle light". People will be people at all ages so I feel if we get into the core of the emotion and feeling directly then it is better, faster and easier to connect with the audience and once you get the connection the period takes a back seat it is at the background. When I started writing imagining Byomkesh i  wanted to take the audience into the era of 1940's but with todays feel. I wanted the audience to be travel the two eras of 1940's and 2015 at the same time. So the contemporary music, sound is to make them connect with 2015 while they watch detective film set in 1940. We have tried to take our camera to the 1940's era but when the background comes it makes them grounded to the present. It's a twilight zone.

From where does DDB begins

His first case when he finishes his colleague. The journey of how he becomes a detective. In his college he is known for his inclination towards this things but this is his first true blue crime.

What kind of filmmaker are you - niche, arty, commercial

I am not arty at all. Though critics have tried to push me into this arty brigade. I enjoy have fun while making my films. During Shanghai I enjoyed the horror of contemporary India. Shanghai had the disgust rasa - Vibhatsya rasa - the political scenario shown during the film created anguish. I had kautuk rasa earlier in my films. DBB is the essential hunt we all of us want to be on. While reading Byomkesh stories during my teenage days my face used to mirror the expressions Byomkesh was going through. I have tried to transpose that feeling into the film and one you see it you are transfix. That's what I am trying to do. Some people may call it arty, some may call it commercial. For those who want me to explore such things on screen will call it commercial. For those who want me to make a pot boiler will call it niche. I am not the person you want me to become. I will always try to be different and that's what I am.

How you manage this push and pull of box office economics and creative satisfaction

By being myself and cheap.

Kindly elaborate

To be myself in making Byomkesh Bakshi and to make it with a cost 30-40 percent less than any Hollywood, Bollywood movie of this genre and style. It looks like a big film and any other Hollywood Bollywood film with such style, period, cast, planning, research will cost at least 30 - 40 percent more. It looks big but cost is small. Secondly, you start building an audience from Khosla, Oye Lucky, LSD, Shanghai, Bombay Talkies.. it takes time and after years you get something like Byomkesh and now you have a audience that knows you. A relationship is developed and that audience will come to see the film and it becomes a commercial success that's what we are hoping for.

So you never see yourself in the coveted 100, 200 crore club

Well it's a desire that my film does enter the 100, 200 crore club provided it doesn't ask me to compromise and do something I don,t want to do. People are making films which rake in 200, 300 cores probably they are making what they want to make. The day I make a film that satisfies me and brings in 300 crores will be made. Right now for me it is important to be honest and cost effective as a filmmaker and make a film which satisfies me and also is economically viable to the studio which is producing it.

You had the backing of Yash Raj a more saleable actor for the lead could have being possible. How much cost and talent oriented is the choice of Sushant Singh Rajput for the role of Byomkesh.

Anything in cinema making is the combination of cost and talent. While I was discussing the treatment of DBB with Aditya Chopra we believed that we want someone whose face gives a unique feel of vulnerability, freshness, charm and innocence. How a detective can be innocence... that kind of a thing. In Sushant we found those things and he is tremendously gifted as an actor who remarkably underplays and there is the required subtleness in him as a performer. After script reading we had a couple of workshops and after being convinced that I have molded Byomkesh out from him we agreed to work together.

What research, detailing have you gone through while showing the 1940's Kolkata in DBB

We have done a PHD on Kolkatta. Lot of research , visits, talking to old people, surfing nets, reading books, knowing history all aspects of the history, thematically, literally. When Sushant joined he did his own research. He use to put his hat and walk down the streets talking to people, sometime getting recognized, sometimes not. We use to catch him talking to people inside their homes.

Prominent contemporary Indian filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta has said, "Biggest problem with Indian cinema is that it has never become a brand like "Iranian cinema, 'Korean cinema'. Now things are changing in Bollywood there is a space for experiments.. What you have to say as one of the face of the changing Bollywood.

Before worrying about how we are to the rest of the world, we should worry about how we are to ourselves. If our cinema reflects us, if our cinema draws entertainment from real life, if our cinema provides escape without the opium then we will be a vital cinema and will be interesting for the world.

Rather than concentrating on impressing the world, we should be excited about exciting our audience and making vital cinema which will automatically get noticed.

Iranian cinema is Iranian cinema for the world not for an Iranian. Korean cinema is Korean cinema to Europe not for a Korean. An Iranian or a Korean doesn,t go to watch a Iranian or Korean cinema respectively, they go to watch a cinema.

So what will be your next cinematic escapism without the opium after DBB

Will be gearing up to release Titli for the Indian audience with YRF where Khosla Ka Ghosla will meet Love Sex Or  Dhoka (LSD). The movie has won accolades around and hopefully the Indian audience will be finding it exciting by this cinematic movement.

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Sushant Singh Rajput: Maybe I am boring when compared to Varun Dhawan or Sidharth Malhotra!

Thu, April 2, 2015 7:20am IST by Prateek Sur
Sushant Singh Rajput: Maybe I am boring when compared to Varun Dhawan or Sidharth Malhotra!

The Detective Byomkesh Bakshy actor opened up to me about his upcoming magnum opus, his friends in the industry, girlfriend Ankita Lokhande and life in general. Watch the full video interview right below to know more about your favourite SSR...

Having to wait for four hours at the YRF studios does make me go mad, but when the wait is for interviewing THE Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, Sushant Singh Rajput, I don't mind. After himself being awake since five in the morning, this handsome dude was as jolly and frolic as ever. With a smile he offered to do the interview.

In his inimitable style he spoke about studio restrictions, his peers Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra and girlfriend Ankita Lokhande. With a power of being able to make me laugh with every answer of his, the dishy dude went on to give me a lot of gossip even without actually saying it. Here are a few excerpts from the tete-a-tete...

A detective film in this proportion hasn't been made before in Bollywood. What sort of response from the audience are you expecting?

I don't agree that such kind of a film hasn't been done before in Bollywood, but yes, this film is a very nice mix of something that's very period from the core as well as contemporary on the outlook. That's a very new innovative way of showing such a film. We are coming with that newness. Also the way Dibakar has shown things in 1943 Calcutta, it will make the audiences even more interested in watching this film.

As everything was from such an old era, were there instances during the shoot, where you felt like had this been in 2015, we would have done it so easily?

Of course. In today's world we have so many things we can't do without. Say a cellphone or a tv or automatic cars or mineral water. All these things weren't available in 1943. Thus the story was also scripted in a similar way so as to keep that feel and therefore we used to think at times about how things would have been easier had it been in the current ages.

Talking about your contemporaries, say Varun Dhawan or Sidharth Malhotra, why do we get so much more news about them on daily basis, whereas for Sushant Singh Rajput we don't? Is Sushant Singh Rajput not media friendly?

It maybe that Sushant Singh Rajput is very boring. I enjoy spending a lot of time working on the films that I do. I try and work hard to make my character look more convincing. Then whatever time is left I try and spend it with my family. Maybe that's why you don't get to see that many stories being published about me everywhere.

The interview went to have a lot more funny moments throughout. This small chit chat with SSR proved to be filled with masti and mazak. So go ahead BollywoodLifers, have a look at the full video interview and enjoy the joy ride with Sushant Singh Rajput just as I did. Watch video!

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SPOILER ALERT!

Sushant -the villain in DBB!

...but the spoiler doesn't affect the film at all, says Dibakar Banerjee

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Dibakar Banerjee has managed to keep the mystery around his next detective drama, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy intact. But, now a two-and-half-minute long video captures Sushant Singh Rajput, donning the same cloak as Byomkesh's nemesis has surfaced on YouTube. The clip captures Sushant acting out a scene where he is seen murdering someone, which testifies that Sushant is indeed the mystery man behind that cloak.

While the spoiler video must have marred the anticipation among the audiences, director Dibakar has remained unfazed. Rather he promises to surprise the audience. "I have been told that the video reveals the identity. But it does not matter because Byomkesh is not a whodunit, it's a howdunit and whydunit. Just that video itself won't take anything from the audience, I am not going to hide it. You will still be surprised," Dibakar clarified, Previously, too, the climax of Aamir Khan's Talaash was revealed all over the internet a day before its release and the film had suffered a setback. Dibakar assures, "There cannot be any spoilers. There is a reason why I am being so brazen about the situation." He recently organised a trial of his film, is pleased with the reactions. "The film ends on a note where it will keep the audience waiting for the next one. My next film will start off from where I left in DBB," he concludes.

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