But would it have reached as many audiences had John not played the lead? The director says that he never thought of it. “From the beginning, I was talking to John and never approached anyone else. When he came on board he knew the subject. It helps the director when his actor understands the subject and is aware about the civil war and the politics around it. Then, the depth of the performance naturally comes in,” says Sircar.
Moreover, the director is sure that John’s performance in the film will be counted amongst his best. He says, “Obviously, this is one of his best performances by far. I won’t say it’s his greatest, but it’s surely one of the top ones till date.”