National Award winning filmmaker Dibaker Banerjee prefers intensity over money. He feels that Bollywood is gradually losing its naturalistic style and performance and is heading toward money-making.
The ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ director said that the shades of natural style are still witnessed to some extent in Bengali cinema. Talking to IANS he said, “Bengali theatre was not theatrical at all. It was natural, very controlled, very restrained, so you still see traces of that restraint in acting. That’s an amazing thing because Bollywood is losing that skill because I think it is getting louder and bigger. It’s all about having more money, more decibel power.”
The Delhi-born director who is a Bengali worked with Bengali star Prosenjit in ‘Shanghai’.He is keen to work with other actors from the Bengali industry because they add a value to films. He said, “I think Bengal cinema has still got a trace left of that famous naturalistic style that used to be so well seen in its cinema and theatre.”
Dibakar is coming with the film ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!’. It is based on the fictional detective created by Bengali writer Saradindu Bandyopadhayay. The film features Sushant Singh Rajput, Anand Tiwari and Bengali actress Swastika Mukherjee.
About the reason why he chose such actors Dibakar said, “I like intensity that speaks far more than money. So if I have an intense actor or an intense plot or an intense character onscreen, I can actually spend Rs.10 crore less on fruitless car chases and bomb explosions and have the same reaction from the audience. That’s why I like intensity.”
He added, “Not really (not averse). Stars give you a great advantage in opening up your film to a huge audience because one of the main reasons why audience goes to see a film is the star.”
“When I get a script that a star wants to work in the way that I want him to work; when the star gets a script that he likes and completely surrenders to me then I will work with a star.”
About his film he said, “My films have never really comforted everyone in terms of giving them what they expect. I don’t think Khosla Ka Ghosla, Love Sex Aur Dhokaa andShanghai gave any one a reason to say: ‘Oh! that is what I expected’. So, I know that Byomkesh will shake up a lot of people. Whether it’s a good shake or bad shake that time will tell.”
Dibakar is trying his best to portray the best detective in his film. He said, “I think this kind of a film the audience needs to know because the experience of a detective film is not hugely entrenched in the Hindi film audience’s mind that are used to see either love stories or comedies and a detective story has a different kind of a storytelling technique.”