'Black an uplifting, not dark, tale'
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.
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.