Mumbai: One could safely give him credit for changing the way the world looked at Indian filmmakers, in our time. He did this with his 1998 film Elizabeth, which garnered an impressive seven Academy Award nominations. In 2007, Elizabeth: The Golden Age notched up two more. This, apart from the many accolades both films collected at other prestigious award ceremonies worldwide.
In recent years, much has been written about Shekhar Kapur’s talent in the world press. In India, however, he has enjoyed success for a far longer period what with Masoom, Mr India and Bandit Queen, that are still well-recognised films in India.
You can watch this filmmaker talk to host Kabir Bedi on Director’s Cut on 13 April on Zoom.
Kapur reveals not just tricks related to successful filmmaking, but also shares his secret of creativity. He also opens up about his relationship with his father, discusses the turmoil in his personal life, and speaks about the journey from Masoom to the controversial Bandit Queen.
Revealing his passion for filmmaking, he says, "I would disconnect the monitors of producers, or make them sit far away under the hot sun, so there would be no interference." He compares making films in India to a trip to Mumbai’s Chor Bazaar – because of the adventure and negotiation it involves. The director doesn’t forget to mention his evergreen uncle Dev Anand, and his never-say-die attitude to life.