Posted by Vivek on April 23, 2011 | No Comments

Udaan won a lot of accolades at the recently concluded IFFLA. Here we talk to the director, Vikramaditya Motwane, who comes across as a straight shooting and self critical, but grounded human. Udaan and Vikram were also the toast of the Indian audience last year and for a good reason. He took no stars, but made a cash crunching hit film. Here is more with Vikram.

Congratulations on UDAAN. The fact that you did not cast stars was it a thought of decision or more of , this is what I have so let me run with it?

A bit of both. Firstly there is no star to play a genuine 17 year old, not one who is going to play 17, but one who is actually 17. So that was one call I had to cast somebody new, fresh. On the father actually I wrote the film thinking about Ajay Devgan. But I also knew that the father in this film is someone who cannot be publicized. You cannot sell this film on the father. If I was the producer and not have put the father on the poster and yet have a star play the father, I would have done it. So from that angle it was a very thought out strategy.

Was there anything autobiographical in this script, as far as you are concerned?

The whole beginning is actually what happened to my father when he was in boarding school. I grew up in a small industrial town, Nashik, near Mumbai, so that is reflected in the film, similar to Jamshedpur. So there are elements. I think when you do a first few films, you always borrow from your life and then you mix it up with fiction.

Did you expect it to be as much of a success as it turned out eventually, in India at least?

No I did not and I think that is a great testament to the audience. They took to it in a very passionate way, which I loved. It was not just lets watch it, move on and go home. A lot of them took to the film and they told their friends to go see the film. They were really rabid about the entire film, that is what surprised me the most.

A little about yourself?

I have assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali in two films. I have written Dev D and a very bad film called Goal. I have been working in the industry trying to make my way, so it has been a struggle.

What does the future hold now that it is a different world out there?

Hopefully make a lot of interesting films, stick to my guns for as long as I can.

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