Kukunoor’s 1996 Rockford received a great response at the box office and as he gears up for the release of another film based on the lives of two children, he talks about his approach to child-actors in more detail.
“I jokingly said after Rockford that I will not do another film with children but after so many years I broke the promise. To work with kids as actors is not something I have a problem with, as I make sure I treat them as adults. I never treat them as kids. I explain the situation as it is,” says Kukunoor, whose film explores the impact of celebrity on lives of Indian fans.
However, he does throw light on the adverse side of working with children, who adapt to things quickly.
“Some of these kids have worked before in advertisement or short films. They are used to really bad acting where they are babied as actors and treated as amateur artists. That de-training takes little bit of time. Once that gets done then we were off and running,” says the filmmaker, who has also helmed films such as 3 Deewarien(2003), Iqbal (2005) and Mod (2011).
Talking about the reason behind choosing a topic which explores the celebrity-fan relationship in India, Kukunoor says, “In India, film stars are not just celebrities. Nowhere else in the world are celebrities revered so much, as they are in India. So, I wanted to explore this mythology in a fun and endearing way which also made sense thematically.”