‘My worst phase is over’

Wednesday, 27 August 2008 - 11:59pm IST
The guy simply doesn’t talk. And when he did…he needed to be prodded repeatedly.

Debutant director Neeraj Pandey talks about how he managed to get that big break in the film industry


The guy simply doesn’t talk. And when he did…he needed to be prodded repeatedly.
The crux of the matter: He was making small-time documentaries in Kolkata. He then moved to Mumbai to work for a friend. His friend got a grant to produce a documentary and entrusted him with the work. Then he came up with a brilliant script. And the script changed his life forever


First Naseeruddin Shah agreed to play a role in his movie and then Anupam Kher came on board — the first time after 10 years. A big production house spotted the developments and bought the rights of the film.


After staying for seven years, Neeraj Pandey finally arrived in Mumbai. It is a big moment in his life, you tell him that and his reaction is a kind of an Abhinav Bindrasque reaction as if nothing as happened.


“It’s very easy to let yourself down. All you have to tell yourself is that you are not that good. It takes a lot of guts tell yourself that you are good. I just told myself that I had a great script in hand,” says Neeraj Pandey about his debut as a director , adding, “I knew that someday I will be working on a film of mine. I didn’t know when.” Now that his film ‘A Wednesday’ is ready for release, doesn’t he feel the goose bumps?


“I am nervous. But I know that the worst phase is over. Things can only get better,” he adds.


s_banerjee@dnaindia.net




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