Yet some audiences didn’t react so well.
Maybe they find it too dark and too true to be palatable. Some feel they’ve seen it all before. But there never has been a film on the politicisation of the police. Another criticism is that it’s too verbose. But how do you get across ideas in an issue-based film if not through dialogue? I’m asked where all that wonderful dialogue of the ’60s and ’70s went; when we have a dialogue-driven film they say it’s too wordy...
Did you need a different performing discipline?
No! If I’m asked to react to the horrors of a communal riot, I’d instinctively know I’m not coming out of an egg (Amar Akbar Anthony) or dangling from a chopper. Dev addresses serious legitimate issues. I reacted accordingly.