When asked if he feels big production banners are now looking for good scripts which raise an issue, his first reaction was of shock, “Are they, who?”
“I don’t see any big houses making films of independent nature. They may acquire it later, but I don’t think their focus is there,” says Sanjay.
Tell him UTV Productions released ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ in 2012. Recently, Meghna Gulzar came with ‘Talvar’, and Yash Raj Productions came up with ‘Titli’, he says: “We make 1,000 films in a year. Three-four examples are not enough.”
“Talvar is a good example. But, if Sheena Bora case comes up, it will also get picked up by the directors as these are talked about subjects,” he feels.
“We make around 1,000 films in a year. Three-four examples are not enough,” the ‘I Am’ actor says.
Sanjay, however, feels that viewers are supporting such films, saying it’s a “healthy trend, but the business needs to increase”.
The ‘Pinjar’ actor also opined that even in mainstream cinema, “Only content-driven films are doing well.”
“If you give out any kind of nonsense to them, audiences do not accept that nowadays,” he adds.
‘Chauranga’, based on a string of lives in a small village, tells the tale of a young boy who wishes to go to a town school. When asked what he found most compelling about the film to not just act in the film but also make the decision to produce it, Suri said that the way the story was written attracted him the most.
“When I look at a story – I don’t see one part of the story or judge if it’s issue-based or commercial,” he said, adding, “I read the script as an audience first. It was like reading a book or a storytelling session.”
“When I started reading, I just couldn’t stop and ended finishing the whole script. It kept me engaged and made me want to know more,” says the actor.
Directed by Bikash Mishra, the film has been co-produced by Sanjay and Onir.
“I love the layers that ‘Chauranga’ has. It’s not just about a boy, it’s about his mother, his landlord, his brother, that girl – everyone has subtle parts to play,” Sanjay says, adding he found that very enriching in the script.
Sadly, such is the plight of the education system in India!
One wonders how long it will take to educate youngsters and put them on the right path!
Sanjay is positive and says: “There are many initiatives taken by the government – education has now been made free. India is a diverse country and a lot more needs to be done, but at the grass root, efforts are being made.”
Known for working in content-driven films, would the actor ever venture into mainstream movies?
“Well, I am waiting for that call,” he jokes.
“It’s not that I’ve said no. but the script has to come. If there is something exciting, then why not?” he adds