Could you tell us something of your latest film
Bokshu is the story woven around a mountain people
residing in the valleys; a belief they share and of
an American anthropologist who involves himself in this
setting. Well I'm not revealing any further; it's fitting
that the outcome remains mysterious.
It was great. We have as anthropologist British actor
Steven Berkoff, a prominent actor in Hollywood. He has
earned a name in Britain as a Shakespearean actor. He
has also played villain in several American films like
Beverly Hills Cop, and Rambo. Chicago stage actress
Heather Gretel who works with the Steppenwolf theatre;
and Los Angeles based actor David Milburn play the lead
roles. Most other actors are Indian.
Among Indian actors, who are the prominent
Among Indian actors, there is prominently Irfan Khan
who was in the news recently for his role in the British
film The Warrior.
Oh Yes, yes.
The there is Nandana Sen, daughter of Amartya Sen;
Harish Patel, Mita Vasisht, and so on; a whole line-up
Any Malayali actors?
Among Malayali actors, we have Vineet who has a role
here. The film was shot mostly in Hampi; in Karnataka.
The story is set in a mythical, legendary ruined city
and Hampi was the right choice for us. We shot extensively
in Himalayas too, parts of Kedarnath. The film begins
in Los Angeles; after two weeks of shooting there, post
production is in the final stages now.
So post production is through...
Quite; in a week's time I'll have a print of it. It
is very exciting, technically we have the best expertise
that India has to offer, the best systems. In a marked
departure from conventional Indian films, sound recording
here is live. This lends a strength, makes the film
a pleasure to watch, with a very believable quality
to it. All in all, we've tried to make this film of
an international quality. The best available camera
systems, lights and so on.
Who is the cameraman?
The cameraman is Danish; he won the Best cameraman
award at Eurimages last year, Dolbin Fosberg. Sound
recording is by Nakul Kamte who did the sound for Lagaan.
Lagaan was a live sound, with no dubbing. So we have
outstanding technicians and actors on board for the
film. And it has come out very very well. It is an exciting
film for me also.