In Conversation with Sanjeev Gupta – director of the award winning film Q
interviewed by Souranath Banerjee
Hello Sanjeev, welcome to Cinema Forensic.
Your debut film ‘Q’ have already taken rounds in some of the most prestigious national and international festivals, and now it’s being released on Netflix! How do you feel about it?
Ya, it feels great!
Q has been selected in many festivals around the world and the response has always been positive.
Earlier I did plan for a theatrical release for my film but while waiting for the CBFC’s response I got the opportunity to show it to Netflix. And I instantly went for it and it got selected as well. I feel so lucky that they have picked up Q. Netflix, as a platform, has a huge audience across 180 countries. That’s the best part. With a deal like this, you know your film will be internationally watched.
Congratulations on the film’s release! Now tell me something about your film Q, what is it about and how did you come up with this concept?
Q is a film about a little girl and her relations with people surrounding her, and then those who come in contact with her, and their combined destiny as the characters go through an incredible journey that comes to an unpredictable end.
Actually I keep watching many documentaries and take much interest in the news and other world affairs. So this concept of Q is inspired through many such real events that I happened to notice over the time. Though not based on one particular incident, my film is a fictional version of many such realities of life.
And since it’s a very realistic story it needed a realistic treatment as well. No background music used in the film, only Foley sounds and on location recorded natural ambience sounds. I wanted to make sure the audience feel the realism and be a part of it.
That’s brilliant! Tell me something about you, how did you get inclined in making films, when did you decide to be a filmmaker?
I grew up in Agra and was always into films but never thought it will be my profession of course (smiles).
But then I watched one particular film Shatranj Ke Khilari by none other than Satyajit Ray and it did change something in me. I started looking at films in a different way! Then, after my degree in Media Studies from Pune, I came to Mumbai and tried to assist people to learn the craft of making movies. But since I had no connection in the film industry I didn’t get any exposure. I did various odd jobs and side by side went on exploring filmmaking.
Finally I wrote my own script and started to narrate it to individual producers and production houses. Then after facing numerous rejections I finally met my producer who believed in me.
And that is how my first film ‘Q’ got made (smile).
Don’t you think that with films like Q you Independent filmmakers are the reason why the indie-film scenario is improving in India?
Yes may be it does. But honestly I have a problem when some filmmakers are called independent filmmakers and some not.
Today I choose to make “Q” and tomorrow I may choose to direct a fantasy film or a VFX film, may be even supported by some production house. But ultimately it’s my films, my story and my way of telling them. I even don’t like such categories like, festival film, theatrical film or an online film – films are films, stories are stories and filmmakers are filmmakers!
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