Straight from the heart (Best Director)

The nominees of the 21st Life OK Annual Screen Awards bare their soul as they react about making the cut

Written by Screen Correspondent | Mumbai | Published:January 16, 2015 1:00 am
Anurag Kashyap Anurag Kashyap

Best Director

Anurag Kashyap (Ugly), Imtiaz Ali (Highway), Rajat Kapoor (Ankhon Dekhi ), Rajkumar Hirani (PK), Vikas Bahl (Queen), Vishal Bhardwaj
(Haider)

NOMINEE SPEAK

Thank you Screen! I am happy that so many good small films have been given recognition by Screen or else they would be lost forever. And it feels good to be competing with film-makers I admire so much. We were a whole gang of directors that started in television around the same time.

Anurag Kashyap, Ugly

 

Imtiaz Ali Imtiaz Ali

Highway is a movie that was directed without technique; more a street narrative, that came instantaneously to my mind and heart. I’m very happy people liked it because unlike several other films, it’s a simple story without any ornamentation without the heroine sans any make-up. I think that’s why people connected to it in a certain way. It was good to be acknowledged. I’m in august company and have been nominated with other directors like Anurag (Kashyap) who is my close friend.

Imtiaz Ali, Highway

Rajat Kapoor Rajat Kapoor

I’m very surprised. Normally awards don’t look at our kind of films. They are meant for big budget films. That’s how it is. So I’m surprised and happy with the nomination. It’s more about the Jury than the film. If a Jury has liked a different film then it’s a refreshing change. Whether the film wins or not, doesn’t matter, but the fact is that Ankhon Dekhi was also made this year, along with PK, Happy New Year and Bang Bang is really encouraging.
Rajat Kapoor, Ankhon Dekhi

Rajkumar Hirani Rajkumar Hirani

Receiving a nomination does feel good. It means appreciation of your work, specially for a film like this which does not have a regular story line. I am all the more happy that a film like PK has set a benchmark on the commercial front as well. It’s an effort that shall encourage others come up with out-of-the- box ideas, rather than stick to the conventional norms of film-making. To me, it’s not a typical mainstream commercial film but with success like this, it gives you the strength to live your dreams .

Rajkumar Hirani , PK

 

Vikas Bahl Vikas Bahl

As far as the film is concerned, I think everyone loved it so much that it’s got a life of its own now. I think it’s something that’s just come together magically and it’s the whole team— whether it’s the performances, the music, edit, the emotion of an underdog told in such a touching manner. Everyone connects to the character because whatever you’re going through in life somewhere this happens to you; the feeling of rejection and then finding yourself. We didn’t expect to be nominated though. Screen Awards are something that everyone holds in high regard.

Vikas Bahl, Queen

Vishal Bhardwaj Vishal Bhardwaj

I’d like to thank Screen for bestowing me with this nomination. Haider was a deeply challenging and important film for me as a director, and had a certain risk involved. A film is an expression of the film-maker’s intentions. They must be honest and hence so much of love poured, in the form of appreciation by the critics and the public at the box-office. I also want to thank the entire cast and crew for being my pillar of support in making this film. It was a wonderful journey.

Vishal Bhardwaj, Haider

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