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Tuesday , September 11 , 2012
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Ranbir Kapoor calls you the new Satyajit Ray… the new Kishore Kumar!

He’s just seen the full film (Barfi!) a couple of days back. So he is a bit moved. And also I was around him. So he was praising me. Otherwise he would never say such wonderful things.

He also said you never say wonderful things about him. You barely say ‘cut’ after a good shot and just walk away…

Thik achhe! Aami ektu khyapa! When these guys tell me how khyapa I am, I realise all this. But actually I don’t think I am that mad. Am I? Usually I am in my own zone and I wouldn’t like to change that after all these films. They are mostly interested in how they are looking on screen.

But only Ranbir had faith in you while the others gave up…

He understood what I was trying to make. He could see how I was planning to tell the story. But I didn’t go overbudget with the film. UTV doesn’t disclose budgets but they did say on record that Barfi! is nowhere close to Rs 50 crore and for a Ranbir-Priyanka film today, that’s a really commercially viable figure. We shot for just 10 days extra. Ota ekta achhe poka aamar… last day obdhi kichhu naa kichhu korte thaka (I have this bug, I keep tinkering till the last day). But that’s okay.

Why couldn’t you have made Barfi! with anybody else but Ranbir?

I can’t explain this. When I was writing Barfi!, I realised then that no one else could do this. I stopped midway and got in touch with him because I thought that I am writing all this; what if he doesn’t agree to do the film? Everything will go waste. So even before finishing the first draft, I got in touch with him. There was no other second choice. You see the film and you can’t think of a second choice.

Has Ranbir’s brilliance spoilt you?

He is very instinctive and very quick to understand what I am trying to do. I would love to work with him again real soon. The Kishore Kumar biopic will be my next film with Ranbir but it will not be my next film.

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