July 6, 2010 03:32:03 PM IST Pankaj Sabnani, Bollywood Trade News Network
Vikramaditya Motwane is ecstatic that his upcoming film UDAAN is finally seeing the light of the day. It's not been an easy ride at all for the director. The film is a powerful movie about a father-son relationship based in a small town.
Says Vikramaditya, 'I think I wrote UDAAN too early. In 2003, we didn't have the multiplex culture here. We just had the single screens. I used to get very angry because producers were not ready to produce my film. Now, I feel they were right. Where would have they shown it? It's a single screen theater at 9 am? With the multiplex culture coming in, now the economics work to make a film with a newcomer.'
UDAAN was selected to be screened in the Un Certain Regard category at the Cannes Film Festival.
Speaking about this unique feat, a modest Vikramaditya says, 'Cannes was a fluke. We were not expecting it actually. I had been to Cannes with DEVDAS in 2002 and thought that it would be great to have my film here. So I sent my film UDAAN and it got selected.'
Motwane has earlier assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali in his projects such as HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM (1999) and DEVDAS (2002). He also has been the screenwriter for DHAN DHANA DHAN GOAL (2007) and DEV D (2009).
'Sanjay Leela Bhansali has taught me everything. I learnt the basics of filmmaking from him. But that doesn't mean I have to make the kind of films that he makes. I have my own identity and he has his own.'
Interestingly, even before UDAAN, Vikramaditya had written another script, for which he had approached Amitabh Bachchan.
'In 2002, I wrote another film which Amitabh Bachchan had agreed to do. That fell apart because we couldn't get another actor. I hope to revive that project now,' concluded the filmmaker.