How important is 'Inkaar' to you?
Other than the obvious desire for the film to be watched by a large number of people, I just hope that all corporate house, regardless of the industry they belong to, instruct their people to see 'Inkaar'. If you look at sexual harassment at workplace, it is happening everywhere. You have to be sensitive to this aspect of affairs, especially in the modern world.
The way women are seen as emotional fools and not really worthy of higher positions is indeed disappointing. The way jokes are made about women who work or the manner in which they are belittled in every way is simply pathetic. On the other hand there are also problems that men confront when misunderstandings occur with their female counterparts. So both sides of the tale need to be addressed.
Guess you have taken a first big step by at least getting the casting right. Arjun and Chitrangda seem to be made for the part.?
Yes, they were in my mind right from the beginning. In fact when the film's writer (Manoj Tyagi) came to me with this idea, we could visualise Arjun and Chitrangda there. Manoj's wife used to work in a corporate office and he obtained a lot of material from her. I told him though that I didn't want to make a simple 'right v/s wrong' film. We worked together on the script and luckily when the film was narrated to Arjun and Chitrangda, they were immediately on board. No one before or after them was ever approached for the part.
While there seems to be no suspense around the casting of the film, is there any suspense element expected in the narrative of 'Inkaar'? Are audience in there for some surprise?
I will tell you something. Today's audience is such that you can't talk down to them; you have to connect to them. Films may be real and about the world around you. However in the name of being realistic, they can't be boring. They have to be narrated in an engaging manner. Let's face it; most of audience that watches a film is brighter than those who make them. People won't anymore buy sh@# that you give them. This is the reason why there is so much growth you are seeing in story tellers of today.
Despite being a veteran in the field, you seem to be thrilled about these new age story tellers.?
Absolutely. Look at directors like Anurag Kashyap, Imtiaz Ali, Raju Hirani, Madhur Bhandarkar, Vishal Bhardwaj, Dibakar Banerjee, Tigmanshu Dhulia - these kids are bright. They are turning around cinema more and more with every passing year. I truly believe that victory of great cinema is as much relevant today as that of democratic win in USA where Obama was voted by the young people. This population will only increase over a period of time. Intelligent audience will always see an escalation. I am glad that future for another kind of cinema is very safe.