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ANKITA MITRA
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inspired by everything Nagesh Kukunoor PHOTO: K . BHAGYA PRAKASH
inspired by everything Nagesh Kukunoor PHOTO: K . BHAGYA PRAKASH

Ace filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor, known for his off-the-beaten track movies such as ‘Dor’, ‘Mod’, ‘Iqbal’ and ‘Rockford, has donned a new role…. as the judge of ‘Mission Covershot,’ a new TV show on National Geographic Channel. A task-based reality series, it tracks the progress of eight amateur photographers who battle it out to get the perfect picture and achieve the coveted title. Nagesh talks about his latest avatar as a reality show judge and shares his vision of filmmaking. Excerpts from an interview:

What has been your experience judging amateur photographers on this show?

It has been an amazing experience! When I was initially approached for the show, I thought to myself how can a series about photographers be interesting? However, as it progressed, I realised that each challenge had been set up in a great way. For someone like me, there was a lot to learn from the photographers; the amount of effort that goes into making one perfect shot is really huge.

Do you plan to try your hand at commercial cinema?

My sensibilities are my own. I don’t think I can suddenly change them into what we call ‘hardcore commercial’ because it is not my space. I think a movie just works or doesn’t. If a small budget film makes a lot of money then it is termed a commercial success.

You have been known to make realistic cinema. What inspires you?

Everything around myself inspires me. One just never knows when a story would hit him. Like ‘Dor’ was came from a newspaper article. For ‘Mod,’ I was a jury member on one of the international film festivals where I watched a Taiwanese film. Loved the movie and bought rights for it. Further, for my next film ‘Laxmi’ I worked with an NGO and interacting with many sex workers. While talking to them, one story emerged which led to several anecdotes in the process. Thus I combined them all into a movie. So you never know how a story happens.

Do you plan to make a road movie?

Yes. I do plan to do a road movie. It is a genre that I haven’t tried out.ANKITA MITRA

There are people who get excited about the Rs.100 crore success because that is a milestone they set…. For me it is far more interesting to be a storyteller.

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