‘I hate producing’

Memories flooded producer-director Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s mind as he visited his alma mater Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on Sunday for the first National Student’s Film Festival.

Written by Dishya Sharma | Published: April 23, 2013 2:24:40 am

Memories flooded producer-director Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s mind as he visited his alma mater Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on Sunday for the first National Student’s Film Festival.

Famous for the Munna Bhai series and 3 Idiots,Chopra recalled his first documentary,Murder at Monkey Hill,as a “reaction to the situation in the 1980s when there was no defined future for cinema”. The film was awarded best Short Experimental Film National Award and Guru Dutt Memorial Award for Best Student Film. In a light moment Chopra said,“I hate producing. It is the worst job anyone could ever do.”

Talking about what’s keeping him busy,Chopra said his upcoming venture Broken Horses,which is his first English language movie,is scheduled to be released by the end of the year. Based on gang wars in Moscow,it stars Vincent D’Onofrio,Anton Yelchin,Chris Marquette,Maria Velverde,Sean Patrick Flanery and Thomas Jane in the lead roles.

The crew includes eminent names such as Oscar-nominated Tom Stern (The Hunger Games,Changeling,Million Dollar Baby) as director of photography,Toby Corbett (Crossing Over,Bad Lieutenant) as production designer and Emmy-nominated Mary Vogt (Men In Black 3,Batman Returns) as the costume designer. Broken Horses is said to be one of the last movies shot on Fuji Film.

Chopra also expressed the desire to make a movie on Kashmiri Pandits,based on the novel Our Moon has Blood Clots by Rahul Pandita. “I’m already working on the screenplay,” the filmmaker said.

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