? You mentioned once that you have two weaknesses- Ocean and the other
that the characters in your movies should be those whom you have at
least seen once. Did you ever meet ‘Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara’s main
J.B : Though it
is exactly not similar to the character of "Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin
Mara", yet i have experienced one such character in my life. I have
tried to portray that experience through the character of Anupam Kher
in the movie. Here I would clearly like to state that if I would have
not met that character, my planning would have been totally different.
Before making "Konikar Ramdhenu", I often went to some of the
‘Juvenile Home’s to exchange views with the people staying there. Due
to one special cause I had to go to a "Juvenile Home" in Pune three
times. There only a very good relation grew up between me and one of
the employees. Exchange of views with that employee became a regular
routine. One day when I was talking to him on a completely different
topic suddenly he started shouting- " I did not want to kill him sir.
I did not injured him with the churi in my hand. But he died. He was a
very good friend of mine...." I did not understand anything. But I
came to know from the principal of the Juvenile Home that a certain
incident has occurred in that persons life which keeps disturbing him
were often and he starts shouting like that. I met that employees
doctor also. All this points I have tried to bring out through the
character of Uttam Choudhury (acted by Anupam Kher) in "Maine Gandhi
Ko Nahin Mara."
? But after the release of your movie, the
critics questioned the reality of the story and the character.
J.B : The
psychologist and people who have met that employee who have talked to
him could only pass such comments about the reality of the character.
Not going into the depth, it is not legitimate to raise question on
reality. I would like to mention here that before starting the movie,
I talked to the psychologists about the matter. In our society there
are many people like Uttam Chaudhury. There are even examples of
people keeping a person hidden from others if the society due to
various reasons. After talking to the psychologists it became clear to
me that many do not feel even anything about this disease. Any ways,
in answer to your question if any psychologist raises any question on
my movie or its characters I will definitely pay attention to it.
? "Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara" was not your
first Hindi movie. As I know your worked on "Butterfly Chase" and two
more Hindi movies. As I the base of the film lies on " Kashmir." Was
there any difficulty if it would have been "Assam" instead of
J.B : Actually,
the problem is of Assam. Taking the problem of Assam in view, I wrote
the story but the subject is universal. In the film I have tried to
depict how has "terrorism" affected the society. I have tried to
capture through the camera how terrorism has lessened the pace of
development of the society. I wrote the story in 1989.
? Another two movies of this production..?
J.B : Talk is
going on, not finalized yet......
? Anything about the subjects...
J.B: Have patience, I will definitely
open up but after sometime. Before completing the initial tasks, I
would not like to speak about the subject to the audience. Will it not
be letting the audience know everything if I speak to you about the
subject? Just keep in mind, both like "Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara"
will be serious movies.
? You once stated in a answer to one of my
questions that you will not make any more Assamese movie. Bur later
on, I have seen a completely opposite answer in a newspaper that you
are planning to make a Assamese movie.
J.B : Sometimes it happens that I become
very angry seeing the response of the audience and the business done
by the movies. At that point of time, if you or somebody else come to
talk to me, the anger gets exposed. May be during one such moment I
commented like that. You can take those as my perturbations. But never
in my life I can give up making assamese movies. If i was not
interested in Assamese Movies my carrier would have definitely started
in Mumbai. I am a child of Assam and i am definitely responsible
towards the state. But the present situations of Assamese Cinema have
disrupted me in starting to direct a new Assamese movie. In further
times, I will definitely think about it.
? What is your present difficulty? The
J.B : I do not
think that there is any scarcity of producers. Many producers have
even talked to me. But as a director, do not I have any responsibility
towards the producers? Should not the producers get back the money
they have invested? I think that it is the directors responsibility to
make the producers get back their money. In todays date there is no
way of a producer of Assamese movie getting back the invested money.
? ..Let us come to another topic. Renowned
director of Bollywood Prakash Jha once stated that there is no
scarcity of money in the Bollywood market but yet the directors have
to make compromises in each and every step. Did you ever faced this
J.B : Yes, but
the boundary lines fixed by the producers are not important to me.
? Since the words "boundary lines" have come
into discussion, do you believe in the line of boundary between
commercial and serious movies?
J.B : There is definitely a distinction
between the two classes. A director is also an artist. A directors
thoughts are always different from others. As an artist his aim is
always to give something worthwhile to the audience. His way of
thinking may not be same as those of the common people. If the
directors likes to work according to his own views ,his creation will
naturally be something different from other works.Now I must have been
able to make it clear how both the classes of movies differ from each
? We can definitely say that you are a director
who never compromises. Now, I would like to know-has any work of any
director ever impressed you.
J.B : It is not
possible for me to state here the name of any one director. During the
first stage of my life (college days)i never watch the movies keeping
in mind that one day I will become a director or never due to any
liking towards the medium. But I watched all kinds of movies. During
my college days the question that often come to my mind was - how do
people make movies? I started studying the subject. I never had any
attraction towards glamour but when I started watching movies in
Guwahati, I understood that this medium is a very powerful one. Slowly
I started bringing books from Kolkatta and concentrated more on the
subject. On the other hand, I became a regular viewer of the movies
screened by Guwahati Cine Club. During this period, one movie greatly
attracted my attention. The name of that Romanian movie is "Bamboo
Stolen." It was shown in the movie how can atomic energy be helpful to
the people if used in a proper way. I was a student of science. The
knowledge that I gained by watching the movie, even ten years of
academic study was not able to give me that much of knowledge . That
movie developed in my mind an attraction towards direction of movies.
? At last , I would like to know one thing - who
is the Indian Director whose selection of subject matter and treatment
of the subject has very much attracted your attention.
J.B : Not any
special director, but special works always attracts me. Every director
has got his or her own style. Ritwik Ghatak s choice of subjects is
really astonishing and have always attracted me. Regarding treatment
of the subject directors like G. Arabindan, Girish Kasrawali really
attracts me. In every sequence of their movies ,
their responsibility towards the movies pours forth.