Like most of us, a lot of filmmakers have been eagerly awaiting for the lockdown to ease so they can get back to their film shoots. Most of them were either shooting for their films or looking at starting shoot. Anubhav Sinha was one such director who was set to start work on his next film with Ayushmann Khurrana. The lockdown has pushed the shoot of the film to later, and the Thappad director is in no hurry to start.
Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, the director, who has given us back-to-back hits with Article 15, Mulk and Thappad, says it is sometimes nice to not be doing anything. Before these films, his big-budget film, Ra.One — starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan — failed majorly at the box-office.
Speaking about how that affected him, he says that when he received so much flak for making one of “the biggest films in the history of Bollywood,” it drained him out and haunted him for many years after. He says he has fallen and gotten back up in his three decades in the industry, and now is being appreciated for his work.
His next with Ayushmann is reportedly said to be a political thriller. Talking about why he doesn’t want to go back to shoot, he feels that ‘social distancing’ as a concept is an “oxymoron” on a film set and cannot happen. He also says that for the next year and a half, shoots will become slower and around 20 per cent more expensive because there will be a lot of money spent on making sure safety protocols and guidelines are followed.
It is surely going to take time for these processes to streamline, but let’s hope we watch the director back in action very soon!