Interview Director Antony D’Souza, fresh from the success of Boss, insists film making is all about making people forget their worries
For Bollywood film maker Antony D’Souza, the best movies are those that can make people laugh and cry. He should know as his latest film Boss did both—the people laughed and the critics cried. “The success of a movie is based solely on how much it entertains the audience and if the producer gets his money’s worth,” says Antony, who was born in Bangalore and moved to Mumbai when he was four.
He was in the city recently to launch the CREO School of Film and Television. The school aims to become a creative arts platform for budding youngsters and provide training by industry experts. The school, located opposite Forum Mall, will equip students in acting, directing, cinematography, editing, sound engineering and script writing.
The school is a very noble cause, says Antony. “When I heard about its vision, it really excited me. Anything that imparts education to the younger generation should be encouraged. Opening a school like this in Bangalore which has some of the best creative people in the country is to be lauded.”
Talking about the foreign tag, Antony said: “Earlier, the tag foreign had a very different charm, so I went abroad. But given a chance to do my schooling again, I would definitely study here in a school that teaches what Indian film making is all about. In the current times, lot of things have changed and an institution, like this one in Bangalore, will help broaden the spectrum of film making in the country.
Antony believes there isn’t really anything called art films. “There are films that work and films that don’t work. Films that don’t work I end up calling art movies and those that work we call them commercial cinema. Every film should be made with the purpose that the producer recovers money. If we don’t solve that aspect and only try to focus on creative urges, then people should just put their own money.”
The director, who started young and worked with legends such as Mansoor Khan, says he makes “films which I think the audience would like to watch. For me, film making is all about forgetting all your worries and troubles for those two hours and feeling that your money is well spent. If I can deliver that to you, then I think I have succeeded in life. I know there are people who want to make meaningful cinema, I have the highest regard and respect for them. I don’t consider myself one of them. If I can entertain people that is enough for me.”
After his debut film Blue and Boss , Antony shares that his next movie will definitely not have an English title. “I must also get away from my fixation with the letter ‘B’. I think by July-August next year my next film will be ready. I also have two projects lined up.”
On the future of film making, Antony says the field is not looked upon the way it was earlier. “The younger generation these days have so many creative ideas. In fact I spend time with youngsters because they are so advanced in their thoughts and ideas.”
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