Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, who is shooting for his second project with actor Amitabh Bachchan,says that there is something fascinating about the veteran actor. Bachchan has just won a National Award for Sircar’s 2015 outing Piku.
“There is this child-like passion for a script in him. A script is like a candy for Mr.Bachchan. If he gets a wonderful script, he goes mad about it , he just starts thinking (about it) round the clock and starts studying the references and how the character should be. He starts working and researching on the film. That enthusiasm is what I really respect about him,” says Sircar.
Piku, which shows focuses on a father – daughter relationship, won three National Awards this year, with Bachchan winning the National Award For Best Actor. This, says Sircar, has surprised him.
“I did not anticipate that Mr Bachchan would win the award, but I definitely knew that he would be a strong contender. The way he was preparing and the way the film was processing, I knew that his character would be loved,” says Sircar, who has helmed films such as Madras Café (2013), Vicky Donor (2012) and Yahaan (2005).
The filmmaker has earlier emphasised on the importance of delivering well-written stories and scripts and he says he will continue to work on that so that our talent is appreciated globally.
“I think the process of our scripts being recognised has now begun. If you remember, filmmakers like Satyajit Ray and Bimal Roy, had already reached global status but I think we kind of lost that edge after that. I think the most important thing is the script and screenplay and direction is secondary,” says Sircar and adds, “If we continue giving our best on that front, we will increase our global growth.”