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Have no interest in Bollywood: Gandu director

Director Quashiq Mukherjee made headlines when his film, Gandu, was stopped from being screened in theatres across the country. He says it was never meant for Indian audiences, his next too isn’t for Bollywood.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2012 16:23 IST
Shalvi Mangaokar

Director Quashiq Mukherjee, who prefers calling himself Q, made headlines when his film, Gandu, was stopped from being screened in theatres across the country. The black-and-white movie apparently didn’t sit well with the Indian audiences because of the shocking name, the use of expletives and bold representations of sex. Talking about it, Q says, “The name did cause trouble.”



Gandu

However, the film won him the Jury Award for Best Director and Best Film at the South Asian International Film Festival, 2010. Q says, “I didn’t make the film to create a sensation but simply wanted to tell a story. Our target was never the Indian audience as we wanted to reach out to the world market. And honestly, the movie has got nothing to do with India.”



Talking about his future projects, Q says, “My next film, Love In India, is in its post-production stage. I’m also making an adaptation of a Rabindranath Tagore play. The feature film will be called The Land Of Cards. Apart from these, there is a documentary releasing in 2013.”



He adds, “I hope I never make a Bollywood movie. I didn’t set out to make Bollywood movies. I’ve nothing against them, but neither do I have any interest in them. I don’t even watch Bollywood films. My passion lies in world cinema,” He adds, “I’m intrigued by movies made post the ’90s. I am interested in cinema which is extreme, where filmmakers have a certain radical style of filmmaking. Sadly, India isn’t well exposed to such movies. And personally, I want to make films where I can do what I want to and the way I want to.”