What makes Shekhar Kapur tick?


Shekhar Kapur on DirectorThe multi-award-winning director opens up on Zoom's Director's Cut

One could safely give him credit for changing the way the world looked at Indian filmmakers, in our time. He did this with his 1998 film Elizabeth, which garnered an impressive seven Academy Award nominations. In 2007, Elizabeth: The Golden Age notched up two more. This, apart from the many accolades both films collected at other prestigious award ceremonies worldwide.

In recent years, much has been written about Shekhar Kapur's talent in the world press. In India, however, he has enjoyed success for a far longer period. It all began with the critically acclaimed MASOOM in 1983. Then MR INDIA came, which wowed children and adults alike, and continues to impress new generations of viewers. Kapur followed this with the hard-hitting BANDIT QUEEN, based on the life of dacoit Phoolan Devi, which won him two Filmfare Awards.

Where does Shekhar Kapur get his passion for film? How does he gain inspiration from his colourful, imaginary world? Where and how did his ambitious story begin? The filmmaker answers these and other queries from host Kabir Bedi on Director's Cut this Sunday.

In the course of the conversation, Kapur reveals not just tricks related to successful filmmaking, but also shares his secret of creativity. He answers all kinds of questions - like why he enjoys making Hollywood films, for instance, and what the pros and cons of filmmaking in Bollywood are. He also shares special childhood memories, like his first meeting with legendary actress Madhubala, and how he used to create stories for the entertainment of friends in school.

He also opens up about his relationship with his father, discusses the turmoil in his personal life, and speaks about the journey from MASOOM to the controversial BANDIT QUEEN. Revealing his passion for filmmaking, he says, 'I would disconnect the monitors of producers, or make them sit far away under the hot sun, so there would be no interference.' He compares making films in India to a trip to Mumbai's Chor Bazaar - because of the adventure and negotiation it involves. The director doesn't forget to mention his evergreen uncle Dev Anand, and his never-say-die attitude to life.

Don't miss a conversation with the renowned Shekhar Kapur on Director's Cut.