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Anurag Basu is on a high

After the success of Life in a metro, filmmaker Anurag Basu has signed a three-film deal with UTV. Diganta Guha speaks to the director.
None | By Diganta Guha, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2007 05:17 PM IST


Life... In A Metro

, filmmaker Anurag Basu is on a high. And it is more exciting than the phase he went through after the success of his second film,



“It feels different because


was my script, which


was not (It was derived from a Hollywood film),” says Basu sitting at the lobby of a city hotel on Saturday afternoon.

So, is there any possibility of a sequel to



“Of course, but only if it is better than the previous one. And it will have a story based in Kolkata,” Basu informs, adding that he never anticipated the film would do so well even in smaller cities.

Talk of


and we are reminded of its producer Mahesh Bhatt. Basu reportedly had a tiff with Bhatt over

Suicide Bomber

, which will launch Bhatt’s son, Rahul.

Basu clarifies, “That was not a pleasant incident. It was difficult to write the story from data on the Internet, so I suggested to Bhatt


that somebody else write it. Someone from UK is writing it. I am waiting for the script to come my way.”


was narrated to Bhatt first but “they make one kind of film and I want to try out different subjects.” The film was then produced by UTV. That is also why Basu is undecided on what he wants to make after


. “By September I will probably be ready with my next,” he adds.

He has a three-film deal with UTV Motion Pictures and Basu knows he is sought-after these days. “It’s very difficult to create your own brand because there’s so much of entertainment around and with every film the crowd’s expectations keep rising. You have to live up to that,” he says.



his dream project? “My dream project is always my next film and as far as


is concerned, I was not writing it for donkey’s years.”

He is also enjoying his stint back on TV with the serial

Love Story

. Basu plans to visit his in-laws place at Shantiniketan, if he gets time (he is here with his wife and two children).

“I have worked a lot. Now, I need a break.”

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