Tigmanshu Dhulia, who has made films like Charas, Haasil and now Shagird has been of the opinion that the art of filmmaking in India only comes secondary. According to him, the bane of Bollywood lies in the fact that big banners and producers chase big names to sign their films. However, Dhulia admits now that the trend is changing.
"Films, today are as costly as Rs 60 crore. It is criminal. The corporate companies are using public money to invest in films. They will all be questioned one day. But the trend is changing now."
The director further rues, "It is such a shame that despite having advanced technology and means of communication, we have not been able to make a classic after 1975. What a tragedy!"
Changing gears, Dhulia settles down to discuss his upcoming film Shagird that stars veteran actor Nana Patekar as a cop. He understands the fact that Nana has been previously cast as a cop in other films as well, and admits that efforts were made to make his character stand out from his earlier avatars. Dhulia points out, "In Shagird, Nana has a witty role, with a sense of humour." He adds with a chuckle, "In this city-centric adventurous cop film, we had to make full use of Nana. People expect brilliant dialogues from the actor, and in our film, they will get it in abundance."
Dhulia who hails from Uttar Pradesh is an alumnus of the National School of Drama, New Delhi. The director who wanted to become an actor admits, "By my second year at NSD, I realised I would never become a good actor. I decided to concentrate on being a good director."
Shagird explores the dark underbelly of law, crime and politics. At a time, when the general public anger is directed towards the politicians and bureaucrats (the past year and the current has sprung up many scams and corruption allegations against them), does he expect this film to further the cause? Dhulia says, "In our country, there has always been anger and resentment towards the politicians. My film will find relevance for even 30 years."