When Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury commenced shooting Pink, he had no idea that he would be triggering a movement – a mutiny of kinds in opposition to societal hypocrisy and censure of girls – more so urban girls who’re otherwise deemed unbiased and educated! The new age director has already earned accolades in home turf Kolkata, directing award prevailing movies like Anuranan (2006), Antaheen (2009) and Aparajita Tumi (2012). His touchy movies, hinging on unconventional relationships, located an on the spot connect to the urban audience.
His Hindi debut, the thriller cum court drama Pink, produced via pal and filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, too has smashed all records to turn out to be one of the grossers of the year. “You awaken, you examine the newspaper, or go through your Twitter timeline… simplest to stumble upon information that upsets you and makes you experience helpless,” he says. “I recognize this lovable lady who entertains a lot of visitors at her house. People started out insinuating that she was going for walks a prostitution racket. When I’m now not domestic, my wife Indrani’s pals go to her too. Is this ethical policing proper?” questions Tony da, as he’s affectionately referred to as by colleagues in Bengal.
It changed into this angst against societal double standards that gave start to the concept of Pink. He reveals that Pink is a end result of a number of times that left him irritated. “In Guwahati, a girl was crushed up with the aid of a mob for going to a membership. A video on Facebook confirmed a girl being harassed in Haryana and the complacent face of the person who careworn her. It became so humiliating. The most effective way to specific this angst became thru my work,” he says. “If I were a painter, I’d have expressed it via my paintings, as a musician I’d have expressed it through my songs like Bob Dylan did. As a filmmaker I made Pink,” he says of the film that underlined the decree that when a female says ‘no’ it method no! Aniruddha keeps his films have continually spoken about ladies empowerment although in diffused undertones. “Be it Anuranan that won the National Film Award, Antaheen or Aparajita Tumi… a message emerges organically. But Pink was an pleasing social thriller,” he says. While Amitabh Bachchan as legal professional Deepak Sehgal changed into the largest celebrity inside the film, Aniruddha also cast new faces like Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tairang and Angad Bedi. “Shoojit advised Mr Bachchan’s name. The individual of an old lawyer, who has given up education and returns best for this precise case, turned into apt for him. When Mr. Bachchan stated sure, we had been euphoric. It felt surreal. The way he moulded himself to play the man or woman changed into outstanding,” he stocks. “Mr Bachchan is a legend. On the primary day of shoot, I became nervous. I’m a fanboy after all. But he made things so comfortable given his humility. It was a own family kind of environment at the set,” he says. “We desired one of the ladies to be from the North-East. When I saw Andrea I immediately knew she was the female. When you close your eyes and visualise your characters and tale, you see pics. She fit that image exactly,” he says. “Taapsee and Kriti have freshness… therefore they look real and convincing. Later, Angad Bedi become selected because the boastful Rajvir Singh. I told Angad you look so proper, are you able to fit the component? So tomorrow he came with a certain mind-set,” he smiles. He appreciates the helplessness and the grit, which the girls managed to translate so fantastically on display screen. “Taapsee, Kriti and Andrea had been excellent. They had been so spontaneous,” he says adding, “I’m now not a sentimental character however after watching certain scenes, I used to just sit in front of the monitor and cry.” And that also explains why he chose Pink because the title of his movie. “Because crimson is the shade of energy,” he asserts.
Pink become a complicated difficulty for a debut director. “Playing safe doesn’t provide you with innovative delight. If you trust in some thing, you need to try it. Anuranan become romantic however it changed into complicated too – a married girl is going to a hill station with every other man. People may not locate this proper. But for me she isn’t incorrect. If that’s what the woman wishes, so be it,” he says of his penchant for choosing the direction much less travelled.
He loved his stint in the Hindi film enterprise and appreciates the paintings ethic right here. “There’s a strong experience of ‘ownership’ here. The cast and the team ‘own’ the film. It’s ‘our’ movie they believe. I loved that mindset,” he reveals. “Director Akira Kurosawa as soon as said that movie is a collaborative art form. That allows because there are separate departments to take care of factors,” he says. An ex advert-filmmaker, Aniruddha confides he wanted to be inside the movie world due to the fact that he become 9. “I wouldn’t look at, only consider movies. I used to watch all form of movies…