Director Shirish Kunder has revealed that his upcoming film Joker is inspired by the genre of short stories written by Oscar winning late filmmaker Satyajit Ray. “I am inspired by all the sci-fi short stories that Satyajit Ray has written. It’s a very unique genre and I think it will be the first film of its kind.”
The director, however, quashed reports that the Akshay Kumar-Sonakshi Sinha starrer is a comedy. “There is humour in the film but it’s not a comedy. It’s a sci-fi mixed with drama,” says Kunder, who has finished around 95 percent of the shooting of the film.
He also clarifies that the film doesn’t take from any particular story of the bard. “Joker is a fresh story. It is not inspired by any one story but but the whole genre, which has elements of drama with elements of sci-fi,” says Kunder, adding, “One of his story also inspired Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg to make the sci-fi film E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
A fantasy-adventure film, Joker will hit theatres on August 30 next year.