Mumbai, Sep 22 :
To many, it is surprising that
is the same man who helmed "Kites" and " Barfi
director, who believes touching a hundred hearts is more important than
Rs.100 crore box-office takings, says versatility often turns out to be a
disadvantage in the film industry.
"I personally feel it is a
disadvantage to be a versatile director. Producers don't know where to
place you because they don't know what next you will come up with," Basu
"(As a director, I feel) You live with a film for one
to two years, and so it should be entertaining. Each and every project
should excite you (as a filmmaker). For me, ' Barfi
!' was an altogether
different experience," added the director, who has earlier helmed films
as different as " Gangster
", "Life... in a Metro" and "Kites".
latest offering " Barfi
!" is drawing viewers to the theatres even a week
after its release Sep 14. But he is not bothered whether it makes it to
the Rs.100 crore club or makes it through the shortlist of India's
entry for the Oscar this year. His prime reward, he says, is touching
viewers with his storytelling - something he has successfully achieved
with the movie.
"I don't know about making Rs.100 crore. But I
feel it is more difficult to touch people's heart. From my film, I only
want to touch hundreds or thousands of hearts and that's all that
matters to me. Collection is not important for me," Basu told IANS in an
!" is a moving tale of love beyond words -
between a deaf and mute boy Murphy, played by Ranbir Kapoor
, and an
autistic girl Jhilmil, essayed effortlessly by the National
award-winning Priyanka Chopra.
Southern actress Ileana
who has made her Bollywood debut with the movie, has also left a strong
impact with her performance.
The film has been hailed in
cinematic circles for its simplistic, yet heartwarming treatment. The
viewers are expected to understand the nearly mute narrative through
sign language and the beauty is that they do.
Karan Johar and celebrities like megastar Amitabh Bachchan have praised
the "masterpiece" and Basu is thankful to them all. Johar said he felt
"talentless" after watching " Barfi
"It is really overwhelming
when people praise your film. For me, Karan Johar's comment means a lot.
Karan Johar's message was very humbling. It takes courage and you need a
big heart to praise any other director. I also received some great
messages, one from Big B as well. It feels great when people admire
you," he said.
For now, the filmmaker plans to work on an English
version of " Barfi
!", work on a "small film", and later, towards the
winter season of 2013, he plans to roll out the Kishore Kumar biopic
with Ranbir, on floors.
In the meantime, grapevine has it that
!" is one among 17 films shortlisted by the Film Federation of
India to send for the Academy Award category of Best Foreign Language
Basu isn't sure his film will make it through.
is great, but I don't know how much of a chance do we have, because this
year we have some wonderful films, not just from Bollywood but from
regional cinema as well.
"This is a good time for Indian cinema
and it's going to be very tough for the jury members to shortlist the
films. (But) I hope this time we will be lucky," he added.By Uma Ramasubramanian © IANS