No, I never did. What I mean by my life revolving around films is that I was always really passionate about films. I didn't really think of getting into films until i was 18 or 19 though. That was when I made my first short film, and by that time, it was only direction and writing. I started with writing because I also wanted to be a novelist but I realised that writing a novel is very difficult and also, I was attracted more to the form of screenwriting.
Direction. I love being on the set; the rush, all of it.
I think there is a lot of craft to it, which needs to be learnt and at the same time you need to find your own voice as an artist and that can be anything, not necessarily something that talks about an issue but it can be a new cinematic voice, a new artistic voice and maybe while finding your voice, you might discover that you are a painter and not a film-maker; that is the more important thing, discovering yourself.
Personally, I am happy with this progress towards home viewing. I think it is only a matter of time before everyone has smart-tvs and better sound systems and get personal theatrical prints delivered. I think there will be a lot of bold and radical changes in the near future because of this, especially in terms of censorship.
It is definitely easier now because of the digital revolution. We can now make films and edit them on our phones for no cost and still say something nice cinematically. But what is difficult is how to push the format further. More people watch TV shows now which is more of a writerís form. Film is also changing. And that is something we need to think about.
No, I think to go mainstream, we need to compromise, to make it more presentable and commercially viable. Infact, I think we are making more mediocre films now than ever before. Because we need to sell the film, and that is not helping anything. So, I think we need to go all the way and make our films. We are supposed to make films with a social message and stuff but I donít think a single film can change anything. If we want change, we need to go out there and make change.
Well, I donít think we will see radical changes in the old guys and the large houses. But now, a large number of people are making independent films, so I feel that we can even overshadow the mainstream movies in time. But I donít think we can look for money from the production houses because they would want their money back and that would involve compromise. So, we have to make movies economically and from our own pockets. It does restrict creativity to some extent but you should think in those limits. It is really difficult to make money with independent cinema. The audience is still not mature enough. Like if we made Gravity, who would watch it. Also, why would the mature audience watch it when they can see the Hollywood film. Also, we need to start showing good films in schools and colleges the way countries like Korea do. If a kid grows up watching David Dhawanís films, he is prone to make Coolie No.1 right?
That happened once but studios have stopped funding these movies now as they see no returns in there. Now, due to lack of vision, even large studios like Balaji have shut down movie productions. So, I donít have much of hope of getting funding from any studio.