How did The Japanese Wife happen?
Kunal Basu, the writer, and I met at a seminar. He mentioned in passing the story of a Japanese girl married to an Indian through letters. That set me thinking.
This is your first film which is not based on your own story.
That’s right. I thought I’d never make a film on anybody else’s story but when Kunal and I met, I realised we had so much in common.
Your lead actress is Raima and not Konkona.
Raima has that vulnerable look which Konkona doesn’t. Raima suited the role perfectly.
You seem to have cast Rahul Bose again despite critics calling him a limited actor?
I find Rahul very adaptable. I think his talent is tremendous and his potential remains untapped.
Isn’t the plot unbelievable?
It is but that’s what drove me to the story. The trigger for me was the point where everyone dismissed the idea as absurd.
There is an element of surrealism in some of your later films. Does that interest you?
I’m interested in surreal aspects. It’s evident even in Yugant.
Is Yugant your near-perfect film?
It means many things to me. But The Japanese Wife too is my favourite at this point.
On your friend Shabana Azmi’s insistence, you’ve watched Bollywood films. Are you still opposed to making one?
Yes, that’s one area where Shabana and I seem to disagree. I am not opposed to doing a Hindi film, but the subject should be as per my liking.
What did you think of Taare Zameen Par?
I have my reservations about it though I must say I liked the performances.
When will you resume Goynar Baksho (A Box Of Jewels) with Govinda?
If a film has to happen, it will. Even Gulel got stalled. Both these may happen soon if things go right but I’m not suggesting anything.
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