Life after Vivah for Sooraj

All about conscience Sooraj Barjatya.

All about conscience Sooraj Barjatya.  

Seasoned director Sooraj Barjatya explains the value system of his movies

When we thought small town is out picture in Bollywood, Sooraj Barjatya gave us Vivah. Panned by most critics for being out of sync with today’s sensibilities, the film went on to do good business in most centres.

Recently premiered on Zee Cinema, the film raked in decent TRPs. Now Sooraj is bringing the same sensibilities to the small screen with Main Teri Parchhain Hoon on NDTV Imagine.

“See, because of the multiplex boom many of us have started believing that India resides only in the metros. It is a myth. Critics even called the language out of sync. But they forgot that the film was set in Mathura where people still use similar language, not the Hinglish of the metros. And even if purity in language is fading, as creative people it is our responsibility to try and bring the glorious days back. The film has broken many a myth and now we want to depict the same values on television.”

Sooraj says Main Teri… is an emotional story of a young girl who follows her conscience and tries to set right the wrong she has unknowingly and unintentionally done to a family.

Happy feel

It is often said that like Karan Johar, Sooraj has not seen the harsher side of life. And that’s why all his films have a happy feel.

“It is true to an extent. I have not seen gharibi. But I have grown up in a value system that is fast becoming a thing of the past in different media. So I want to celebrate it through my film stories.

In our films nobody is a villain. It is only the circumstances that are villainous. Be it the fire in Vivah or the death of sister in Hum Apke Hain Koun, it has always been the circumstances.”

He tried to bridge the gap between the small town values and big city lifestyle with Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, but the film bombed. “It was a mistake. May be the characters were not looking like the values they were subscribing. That’s why we went back to our strengths, both in script as well as music.”

He is himself taking a break from direction, but Sooraj says Rajshri Films is soon coming up with Ek Aur Vivah. “It will present another side of marriage.”

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