The Pink Revolution: Interview with Soumik Sen
Just a few days ago, a production company released a film worldwide through VOD right after its film festival premiere, do you see a possibility in India for it for movies such as yours? Considering the film only opened in Desi-friendly regions. I would have loved paying for it on opening weekend.
I am sure there will be avenues of recovering investment on films in every possible way. But that’s true for niche films not for films with a quite decent enough box office run. But maybe someone will find that as a viable option too once the numbers have spoken.
Whose works has influenced your view and sensibilities as a filmmaker or storyteller up to this point?
Satyajit Ray. I do love the magic realism of Jean Pierre Jeunet, the scale of Bertolucci, the humanity of Zhang Yimou as well.
Who do you think are some of the most notable female characters on Indian film and what do you think makes them great?
All time? There are so many.
But I love Madhubala, Tanuja, Juhi for their vivaciousness and sheer comic timing. Waheeda Rehman, Nutan, Meena Kumari for the complexities they could portray. Smita Patil, Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan and Shabana Azmi for their stunning nuanced realism. Sridevi, Rekha and Madhuri for their impossible grace, range and sheer versatility.
What do you think of the current state of Indian cinema, and what are your expectations of the current lineup of female leads?
I think we are at a wonderful juncture where stars, despite the trappings of stardom (song and dance), blend realism so effortlessly in their portrayal and surrender themselves to the filmmaker.
Apart from the stars like Alia (Bhatt), Deepika (Padukone), Parineeti (Chopra), Sonakshi (Sinha), Anushka (Sharma) who are wonderfully balancing mainstream and realism, the breed of young actors like Nimrat (Kaur), Swara (Bhaskar), Shilpa (Shukla), Radhika (Apte), Rasika are such a wonderful bunch. I hope that they continue to get more demanding of us writers and filmmakers and try and not cater to stereotypes, only then will storytelling as an arc progress and audiences will start accepting different genres.
I’m also so glad to see the bravado of new age producers placing their bets on brave new storytelling. It only emboldens us and gives us the faith.