Sky's the limit
The film Yeh Khula Aasmaan has found appreciation with critics and masses alike, thanks to the simplicity with which the emotions have been conveyed.
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!