03 August, 2021

Kaushik Mukherjee, ‘Q’

The director on taking Tasher Desh to Rome and doing films that challenge the conventional

Kaushik Mukherjee, ‘Q’

Tasher Desh is part of Cinema XXI at the Rome International Film Festival. What are the sort of films that are shown here?

Cinema XXI is about looking beyond classic filmmaking sensibilities to find new ways of telling stories. The world’s best, Mike Figgis, Kaurismaki and Larry Clark, against fresh stock like me.

It’s a departure from Tagore’s original work?

Tagore wrote the original as a play. I had to turn it inside out. Those sold on the archaic way of accessing Tagore may not share my views.

Biggest competitors? Favourite directors?

Filmmaking isn’t a competitive sport. It’s an artistic choice. Many filmmakers thrill me: Takashi Miike, Sion Sono and Mike Figgis, etc.

Working with co-producer Anurag Kashyap?

Smooth. He’s an excellent producer, interested in pushing the boundaries of Indian cinema.

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