May 3 is an important day for Indian cinema. It is the day when the country got a new religion to follow, it is the day when Indians got introduced to the magic of films. Hundred years back, Dadasaheb Phalke had released his first feature film 'Raja Harishchandra' on this fateful day and paved the way for an industry which now is one the biggest film industries in the world. Incidentally, 100 years later, May 3 falls on Friday. To commemorate the event, four of Bollywood's most influential directors- Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap have come together to make 'Bombay Talkies'. Four short stories in one film, celebrating Bombay and its role in cinema. Director Dibakar Banerjee joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on his new movie 'Bombay Talkies'.
Q. After 'Bombay Talkies' what are we getting from your? Asked by: Baby
A. I want to know the response of 'Bombay Talkies'.
Q. If anything you want to change in the Indian film industry..What would be that? Asked by: Sachine
A. More theaters...direct link between producer & cinema goers. They could pay the the producer directly & watch the movie in their residential complex.
Q. Do you believe in awards which are held in Bollywood..almost 15-20 awards functions are held every year.. Asked by: Rajesh
Q. Which is your best moment of this Industry till date.. Asked by: Esha
A. My starting of my next film.
Q. Are you doing any regional movie.. Asked by: Udyaan
A. Right now no, I'm a Hindi filmmaker.
Q. You seems to be very confident of your movie..apart from releasing it during IPL you also clashed it with SAW. Asked by: Yuvankar
A. I'm always confident of my movies. We want to establish a direct contact with audience & its first of its kind.
Q. Are four of you depicting 4 differnt eras in Indina cinema in 'Bombay Talkies'? Asked by: Rakka
A. Not at all, all 4 stories are contemporary & different stories & audience is the protagonist.
Q. Which of your movies has been the most satisfying experience for you and why? Asked by: Jiva
A. My last film always & at the same time most unsatisfying that's why I go for making my next film.
Q. We are celebration 100 years of India cinema..how do you feel when you are a part of a film which is giving its tribute to the industry.. Asked by: Jivan
A. We are very lucky...if i would have been very jealous if not be part of BT.
Q. Do you listen to the film critics who give their verdict on Friday.. Asked by: Guru
A. Not really...I'm the best one to tell what good and bad in my film.
Q. Since you are a director and also a screen writer...which one is more difficult? Asked by: Chodon
A. I'm a director who writes with a writer, so I'm a director.
Q. One actor you wish to work with? Asked by: Reema
A. Irrfan Khan.
Q. If you would have not been a director than what Dibakar would have been now? Asked by: Rakesh
A. Nothing a loser.
Q. Any piece of advice you want to govt to struggling directors. Asked by: Zeema
A. Don't complain...don't blame others...you choose this profession on your own.
Q. You have made your name amongst the top directors of the industry..have you ever thought you will be able to achieve this one day. Asked by: Surah
A. I don't believe in top directors list as it keep changing. I try to make my next film better than the previous one.
Q. Which is your favourite song? Asked by: Deepka
A. Ab toh hai unse har khushi apne from 'Abhimaan'.
Q. Any movie you wished you would have made it? Asked by: Rama
A. 'Bandit Queen'.
Q. Any projects you are doing with the big stars..like Khans? Asked by: Jigar
A. No...not yet.
Q. Are four of you directing diff stories or same story is being carried forward by four if you? Asked by: Chintu
A. Totally four different stories.
Q. Whose film you liked the most in Bombay Talkies apart from yours..zoya Anurag's or Karan's. Asked by: Ramesh
A. For me its a one film. Its a whole family film after a long time.
Q. What happened to the thriller set in retro Kolkata you said you will be making post 'Oye Lucky'? Asked by: Fan
A. I'm writing it right now.
Q. What inspired you to make a film like 'Bombay Talkies'? Asked by: ashwini
A. The producer of Aashi Dua's preparedness & passion. She started planning two years back.
Q. I just loved 'Oye lucky Lucky Oye', Any plans of a sequel to that? Asked by: Arpan.
A. None yet.
Q. 'Shanghai' was not as successful as your rest of the films..one thing you would have changes in 'Shanghai' you felt latter. Asked by: surya
A. Nothing...Shanghai has crossed collection of all my films...& gone to 10 festivals. I consider Shanghai my biggest success.
Q. 'Bombay Talkies' is getting thumbs up from the critics..how satisfied are you? Asked by: Jugal
A. Very very satisfying.
Q. Your favourite Bollywood movie? Asked by: Jinat
A. 'Bandit Queen'....'Parinda', 'Satya' and 'Shiva'.
Q. I liked your movies from 'Khosla Ka Ghosla' to 'Shanghai'..they are of different taste..is in 'Bombay talkies' your film has the same feel as your earlier project or is bit different. Asked by: Raj
A. My films change but has something in common.
Q. When in your life you thought that the films are the thing you are born for and took it seriously..was this passion from childhood? Asked by: Dreak
A. Ya it was from childhood....I would say I was leading 360 degrees towards this profession, I was sure from class 10th.
Q. Have you ever thought of working with Hrithik or you have anything which you feel he can do justice to? Asked by: Vinayak
A. I always write the script first & then think about casting. If something comes up i will be first one to sit outside his house.
Q. Karan and Zoya are the directors who make commercial movies..you and Anurag are off beat types..were there any clash of idea among you? Asked by: Janam
A. First of all Anurag made GoW, which was successful. I made movies keeping in mind the commercial success. If they were not commercially successful, I would have not been a director. All four of us Zoya, Karan, Anurag and me shared the same passion & tried to make as commercially successful movie as possible.
Q. Who is your favourite director of all time? Asked by: Jeet
A. Many...Ray, Kubrick, Kurosawa...they have huge body of work...Matteo Garrone, Bong Joon-ho, director of 'Mother'.