His Khoya Khoya Chand is not doing well, but Sudhir Mishra is unfazed. The filmmaker says such debacles won't stop him from making his kind of cinema.
He is also not very happy with Bollywood's star culture and cites preferences of the audience as a reason for his film's poor show at the box office.
"When you work with a star, you have to work according to their image. However, there are some actor-stars and they are wonderful. I am saying if there is only a star system where the director is not the star, the writer is not the star then you can't tell a story you want to tell. It's sad that audiences prefer to watch films only if it has a big star," Mishra told IANS in an interview.
"But I will never stop making the film I want to make. Now, I'm going to make a film which has more possibility of holding more attention of the audience," Mishra added.
He says he has found the way out.
"I have figured out another way of doing it. I have just done a film called Tera Kya Hoga Johnny. I am almost through with it and it is more edgy than the last Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin. I am one guy who has managed to get away with all this in Bollywood and they let me do things I want to do."
Tera Kya Hoga Johnny is about a little boy who sells coffee at night on the streets of Mumbai.
"It's about the boy and about three people who wonder what is going to happen to Johnny, the coffee boy. And Johnny wonders what is going to happen to them. It's Johnny's story through their eyes and their stories through Johnny eyes. It's about Mumbai."
Asked when the film would be released he retorted: "When I make a film, people say when are you going to release it? I don't want this kind of pressure. A film will have to travel and make its own journey."
Kay Kay Menon, Soha Ali Khan, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Saurabh Shukla, Anurag Kashyap and Manoj Joshi will be seen in important roles in the film.
Commenting upon the bad fortune of Khoya Khoya Chand, Mishra said: "Actually, I'm not unhappy about anything. Khoya Khoya Chand does what it does. If the younger audience wants to see crap, what can I do? If they don't understand the language, what can I do? I am not responsible for the country's cultural state. I am only responsible for my own status."
The distribution planning was also faulty, says Mishra.
"You have to release my film differently. If you release 300 prints across the nation, it won't work. Most of my films didn't get released in smaller towns, this one did. I come from a small town called Sagar and somebody called me up and said that the theatre with 400 seats was full."
In future he would like to make another kind of film, which is more dramatic and edgy.
Mishra predicts a very prosperous future for Hindi filmdom
He said: "There is a lot of money in Bollywood."