Sometimes reel translates into real and vice-versa even before you realise what is happening. Shubhashish Bhutiani the director of the multi-award winning film MUKTI BHAWAN, realised it while working on it.
Speaking about the parallels Bhutiani said, “While I was developing the script, we were doing a workshop and like the characters of the film, I had to share a hotel room with my producer for 10 days, who happens to be my dad. Or maybe it should be the other way around! It was strange for me to be my dad’s roommate, and we could see our different personalities come out. Sometimes we would argue, sometimes we would discuss, and there were tough days where he at the end of the day he had me laughing till it hurt.
“As a writer we often take things from our own lives or observations. There are multiple scenes that, consciously or subconsciously, have made their way into the movie. A big point of the film I did see up close was people’s challenges in trying to juggle their lives with taking care of their elderly parents, and balancing their own lives simultaneously. You can see how torn apart they are in their responsibilities.”
We had to ask the producer and dad, Sanjay Bhutiani, his take on the journey through MUKTI BHAWAN, “It was during the making of this film that I realised that my son can say ‘No!’, I have all his life told him ‘do this, like this… do that…’ it was beautiful to see the child I held in my arms take over the helm. I cannot help sound emotional, it’s a big revelation for me. Given it is a father-son story made by a father and son, means a lot of course. But nothing could come to par which creating Red Carpet Moving Pictures together. It is not only a collective initiative, it is a collective dream,” shared Sanjay.
Given how closely the film resonates with their heart’s emotions, it didn’t surprise when Shubhashish added, “While writing the film, I remember thinking that I hope that this is the kind of film that makes people call their family. Someone who saw the film told me they did that, and that was one of the most heart-warming responses I’ve received.”
MUKTI BHAWAN is written and directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani and is produced by Sanjay Bhutiani, Sajida Sharma and Shubhashish Bhutiani under the banner Red Carpet Moving Pictures. The film features Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni , Palomi Ghosh, Navnindra Behl & Anil K Rastogi and will release on 7th April 2017.