‘No one was willing to fund my research’

Which was the most challenging scene in the film, from the production perspective?
The most challenging scene was when the cops attack the village. It was an action sequence in the lake and was very difficult to shoot. And while shooting this scene, Irrfan met with an accident where the ligament of his leg got torn. Initially, we thought it was just a sprain and tried to get it treated locally, since there was no medical attention available around the village. But later as there were no signs of healing, I asked Irrfan to take the time off and heal completely as he was required to run in many scenes that were yet to be closed. This also meant that we had to call off the shooting for two months and the production incurred a lot of expenses. I was also the line producer in the film and get the unit back to Mumbai and then taking them back to the location itself meant huge expenses for a film which is a movie made with a modest budget.

What according to you are some of the basic ingredients for making a successful biopic?
Firstly, you have to know something bad about the person or his goodness comes in the way of completing his personality. If he is a person who always speaks the truth just that should become a problem for him at some point. It is very important to have a conflict in the film and obviously, he should likeable too. I loved ‘Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The forgotten hero’ by Shyam Benegal among biopics. Directors give more importance to the sets and the costume and the jhummars (chandeliers) which is also important but the effort should be employed wisely.  'Period ko pakad ne ke chakkar mein log character ko bhul jaate hain'.

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