'Black an uplifting, not dark, tale' - Hindustan Times

'Black an uplifting, not dark, tale'

PTI | BySubhash K Jha, Mumbai
Dec 31, 2004 03:22 PM IST

If you thought Black was a small film with a depressing theme, you are wrong. This was revealed by the director.

Q: Black takes you completely away from Devdas.
A: It's a conscious process of rejuvenation as a filmmaker. I had to reinvent myself as a creative person. For example, my cameraperson in is Ravi Chandran. I had to work extensively with all my actors before shooting started. With Amitji I had to get over my awe of him before I could get to a comfort level.

I had to learn to take him into confidence rather than look up to him. Because neither he nor I had done anything like Black earlier. Fortunately he's one of finest human beings I know, so communication was easy.

Q: Do you think Black has the potential to create the same impact as Devdas?
A: Creation is about being fully alive. The whole nation has a heart. If a film has a heart it will reach out to everyone. Contrary to the title, Black isn't depressing at all. It's an uplifting tale on the triumph of the human spirit.

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Incidentally, black is my favourite colour and it's got a universal resonance. I think it's a powerful, striking colour, which describes the film's sensitivities.

Let me add that Black isn't a small project that I've squeezed into my schedule. Certainly not! How can any film with Amitabh Bachchan be small? It's going to be a very important film in my oeuvre. And Amitji's and Rani's performances will be remembered for a very, very long time.

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