Ghalib Asad Bhopali is one of the most revered filmmakers of the Bollywood industry. While directors experiment with something fascinating, glamour and fictional stories, this man directly goes for the kill. He is someone who presents the real world through his cinema which in turn compels the viewers to ponder over it. He has carved a niche for himself from films like “Bhindi Bazar” and with his upcoming film “Babumoshai Bandookbaaz” which revolves around a Babumoshai, a killer he sets out on an unexplored journey. In a candid chat with Pranati Sharma, the director speaks at length about his movie, his ideas and lot more. Read on….
“Babumoshai Bandookbaaz” seems unique and quirky. How did you choose the title?
The film was Bengal based. The character was Babu Bihari, but the director of the film felt that since the base is Bengal, the title should resonate with the city and that’s how we went about with the title.
How did you bring Nawazzuddin Siddiqui on board?
The film is very realistic and we were in search of someone who understood and had that rustic charm. He hails from a small village and is a sharpshooter. He comes from a poor family background. We were in search of realistic actor who would bring life in the movie and help people understand real struggle of a small town man and also we were in search of someone who could do complete justice to the role. And Nawazzuddin was the perfect choice. He is second to none when it comes to dedication and he seamlessly fits the role. I felt he is the perfect guy. I went to him for narration of the story and he liked the script and after that everything seemed like a cakewalk. When a writer brings a good actor on board, it always becomes easy to present him to the audiences.
The film is high on action and violence. How do you think will the people recieve the film?
I believe that the violence in the movie is conceptualized. The film is about a killer so violence has to be there. Without which it won’t seem real and that is the beauty of realistic movies. Also we haven’t shown the actual physical violence. We made sure that the film is realistuv at its best. It is definately not a deliberate attempt to showcase violence in the movie. The film has the intensity, entertainment and many more. One will certainly enjoy the film and audiences will be kept hooked to their seats.
The film was in news for the explicit sex visuals shown in the film.What do you have to say about it?
When it comes to realistic cinema we cannot expect glamour in the film. You have to show the reality and brutality of the situations. If you show it in a plain monotonous manner, it will hardly create any impact. One has to understand that we cannot bring glamour into it. And if we do so , the film will lose its essence. So because it is a raw film, you got to bring in the real essence.
How did you bring the Bengali actress Bidita Bag on board?
We actually watched her films. We felt that she could do complete justice to the role. She was the perfect face of the movie and its subject. She had brought in the rustic charm required in the film. Also her performances in Bengali films drove me to cast her on board.
You have been making serious films for quiet a while now. Will we ever see you making a comedy film?
Yes why not? Infact in this film too it has high levels of entertainment. It has the essence
How was it to work with Nawazzuddin Siddiqui and Bidita Bag , the lead actors in the film?
It was indeed a great experience working with them. With such great actors work becomes lot more easier. Nawazzuddin is one of those actors who effortlessly fits the role. He gets into the skin of the character. And Bidita Bag, the Bengali actress was exceptionally well. She brought in the subtle nuances to the character. Also one has to understand that when you act in a realistic film, one has to shed off their inhibitions to a great extent. You cannot expect a small town girl to be demure and elegant. She is rough, high on weed and has no qualms for being so. She is someone who goes for a kill.
What are your upcoming projects?
I haven’t planned anything so far. One has to wait and watch.