Director Ashuu Trikha talks about his movie “Baabarr” that released this friday.
Though he made his mark creating special effects in films like Tera Jadoo Chal Gaya, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan and Hawa, with Baabarr, his latest offering on the underbelly of Uttar Pradesh, which released this Friday, Ashuu Trikha is trying to raise his own bar, again. “The need of the hour is a film that drives people to think and entertains at the same time. Audiences had enough of mushy romance and out-of-context melodrama. In Baabarr, I have tried to avoid all that. It’s the story of two dons of U.P., Baabarr and Tabrez, (played by debutant Soham and Sushant Singh respectively). The film centres on how one outclasses the other to grab the number one position. That way it is almost an un-attempted theme in Bollywood,” says Trikha sitting in Marwah Studios in Noida.
Though one would see Urvashi Sharma of Naqaab fame playing the love interest of Baabarr and also doing an item song, Trikha asserts, “It was the demand of the situation and it takes the story further. My woman is not weak or wasted. I couldn’t have done injustice to a good actor like Urvashi and I have little time to waste on heroines doing nothing.” Admitting there is no fixed success formula in Bollywood, Trikha opines it still plays safe with films that go well with women audiences. And that’s why many big banner films stick to pulp romance that draws the masses. “Films are still run by masses and we, small directors, know that. But in the recent past, the way women have evolved in all spheres, they have left men far behind. Men largely haven’t yet changed. So, in this film Urvashi is strong enough to handle a don like Baabarr and at the same time, be his beloved,” says Trikha.
“My film is not biased in terms of religion, geography, history?It is like a WWF match; exciting and enjoyable,” he adds.