Sound bytes from FICCI; tete-e-tete with Shekhar Kapur


MUMBAI: Aamir Khan may be the star of day two at the ongoing FICCI-Frames convention but it’s clearly Shekhar Kapur who’s hogging all the media attention. When he’s not talking ‘dreams’ on the dias, he’s busy shaking hands with awestruck delegates and when he’s not doing that, he’s patiently giving sound-bytes to the ever-enthusiastic media professionals. Result: anybody and everybody want a slice of the bigger pie and Kapur is only willing.

Here are snatches of a quick q and a with Kapur:

On Paani, his forthcoming project:

It’s a futuristic story set in Mumbai. It’s about how water wars will be the order of the day two to three decades from now. The city will be divided into upper city and lower city where the upper city will have water while the lower city will have no water.


Will it be in Hindi?

Yes, predominantly it will be in Hindi though it’s made for an international audience. I don’t really think a film needs to be made in English if it’s made for an international market. For in stance, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon still raked in millions despite its language, which was Chinese or Life is Beautiful, which was in Italian still managed to appeal to a larger audience. So the international territories can always dub the film into their language.


On FRAMES 2003, so far

Oh, It’s been very interesting.

Other noted filmmakers spoke:

How’s FRAMES 2003 been so far?

Govind Nihlani: It’s been an opening of minds, really. A give and take of ideas and a wide variety of issues being discussed.

Somnath Sen: I have been here only today and it’s been an amazing session on "Can India make it-The Way Forward?"I must say that Shekhar Kapur inspired me a great deal.


Media photographers trailing Aamir Khan like ants following their leader.

The different, unusual ringing tones of mobile phones providing a break from monotonous speeches.

Probably it was the India-New Zealand match yesterday that kept away from the film industry types at the Frames convention. Today however one saw many more faces at the seminar.

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