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100 crore club? Not for me!

Filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee not interested in joining ranks

bollywood Updated: Aug 04, 2012 02:00 IST
Robin Bansal

It has perhaps become a trend in Bollywood more than a benchmark. But filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee (right) has no aspirations to be a part of the 100 crore club. “My films should not reach there. If they did, I’ll be worried because I make films that represent what I see and want to say. I want my films to work within the economic constraints of their budget. Perhaps that’s why none of my films have lost money,” said the 43-year-old on the sidelines of the ongoing Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival of Indian, Asian and Arab Cinema in the Capital.

Ask him if that meant he is not interested in making big money, he said, “I want to be famous and I want to have some amount of money - that’s why I make films. But at the same time, my films are a way of trying to make a way out of what I see around me.” The two-time national award winner added, “So making ad films on the verge of consumerism gives me the money to not make the feature films I don’t want to make. It is simply a survival instinct. Besides, I love making ad films. It’s an engaging creative exercise.”

Having directed films like Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Love Sex Aur Dhokha and Shanghai, he is now looking forward to helm a period detective thriller. “There are two scripts that we are working on. One of these is a detective thriller in 1940s Calcutta. It hasn’t been named yet. The other is about personal combat. But right now I’m looking more towards the period movie,” he said.

When prodded more on the same, he said, “I can’t reveal anything about it right now apart from just that it will be set in old Calcutta and because it is a period thriller, it’ll take some money.”