From the moment he hit screens with his unique, deeply personal
film Hyderabad Blues, Nagesh Kukunoor became an inspiration of sorts
for filmmakers across India. Setting aside a career in chemical
engineering, the young filmmaker did what few people manage to:
He plunged into uncharted territory to do what he was passionate
been an interesting journey so far. Today, many movie sets later,
Kukunoor is recognised as an outstanding filmmaker with a distinct
vision. As his latest romantic comedy, Bombay to Bangkok,
plays to audiences worldwide, he rewinds the clock, going back to
when he first knew he wanted to make movies. Catch the talented
director - accompanied by the attractive Ayesha Takia - in an interesting
conversation with the fabulous Kabir Bedi on Director's Cut this
10 February, 2008 at 8:00 pm, only on Zoom - India's premier glamour
and entertainment channel.
he has a reputation for being a bit reserved, Nagesh Kukunoor talks
openly about his passion for cinema, and regards his success as
the reason behind his isolation. Known to isolate himself for a
month while working on a script, he admits to spending 12 to 16
hours a day on writing. And yet, he believes the best scripts are
those written in 10 days. He recounts how Hyderabad Blues
- which he made using all his savings - reinforced his belief in
the legendary Alfred Hitchcock's style of working that demanded
planning everything before shooting.
down memory lane, Kukunoor shares how unhappiness in his earlier
job motivated him to follow his passion. He describes his genre
of filmmaking as 'real-fiction', and says the film Bollywood Calling
is a reflection of his own life. He also gives us a few interesting
insights into the making of Iqbal, which met with much critical
acclaim. Nagesh believes real joy comes from box office success,
not awards. He admits to shelving scripts that aren't produced in
30 days. Apparently, Iqbal originally revolved around the sport
Malkham, but didn't manage to interest buyers. Nagesh had the vision
to foresee what would work, changed the subject to cricket, and
the rest was history.
Dor, based on a social issue, also won him several accolades. The
bubbly Ayesha Takia reveals how the film changed her life and credits
Kukunoor with her success. Rapid Fire questions from Kabir Bedi
make this show a must watch.
Nagesh Kukunoor unwind with Kabir Bedi on 10 February, 2008, at
8:00pm, only on Zoom, Isko Deko!