Riding high on the success of her film, the young director Gitanjali Sinha is busy planning her next project. CS caught up with a tete-a-tete with the filmmaker:
On cloud nine
I feel elated to know that I have the support of those who appreciate meaningful cinema. In spite of the obstacles, I am happy the industry and the audiences have appreciated Yeh Khula Aasmaan. It is a great feeling.
Masala vs content
I wanted to make a meaningful film, a film that was straight from the heart. A film about our roots, a film that is real, and has a message conveyed in an entertaining manner. As a person, I give a lot of importance to family bonding, and hence felt that it was a perfect subject for my first film. If you are strong in content, the adulation or appreciation will follow. You don’t have to think masala everytime. You have to think content.
I wanted a metaphor to convey my thoughts. And producer Hemendra Aran is an avid kite- flyer. During one conversation he told me how he was motivated
by his grandfather and kites since childhood, and it fitted into my story perfectly. This explains the kite-flying backdrop of the film. I too have such memories of my grandfather.
An ensemble cast
For the characters of Avinash and Muskaan, I chose Raj Tandon and Aanya Anand, as I wanted fresh faces. And for Gulab Rai, there could be no one more earthy than Raghubeer Yadav. Yashpal Sharma fitted into the character of Kailash perfectly. I wanted to show a man who retains his Indian persona even after living abroad for years. I know many people who are like that. And though there are people who feel he’s miscast in that role, I tend to disagree. Yashpalji to me is perfect.
I have plans to make a horror flick next. Touche!