Sujoy Ghosh on ‘Kahaani’ success & flop

Sujoy Ghosh with Vidya Balan
Sujoy Ghosh with Vidya Balan

Director Sujoy Ghosh says he still finds it impossible why one of his films had flopped badly while another became a runaway success.

“I still don’t know why one of my films has been a gigantic flop and the other is successful. Each film is like a painting and every time you make a start, you never know the end story,” Ghosh said. ‘Kahaani’ (2012), starring Vidya Balan, had been hugely successful, but ‘Kahaani 2’ (2016) with the same heroine, did not meet with similar box office success, reports The Indian Express.

Ghosh, however, did not allude to any particular film while addressing an audience last night during a session at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet. The director, whose fourteen minute short film ‘Ahalya’ (2015) had been one of the most watched films on the digital world, said people discussing the film keeps it alive. “We restricted ourselves to closer shots for ‘Ahalya’ for it has to be viewed on the tab, mobile, laptops, unlike big screen. Also for big screen sound has lot more variations and on phone, you cut that off,” he said.

Ghosh, who later told various news outlets that the ‘Ahalya 2’ storyboard, is in progress and he will retain the same cast of Soumitra Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, and others. On the reason for putting the original short film online, he said, “When you are putting something online, it is being watched not only by Bengali audience but audiences from all over the world with sub-titles.” He went on to say, “I am watching content on the net which may or may not is in Bengali. I am watching the film and reading sub-titles. Many people across the globe are used to this kind of cinema. And if everyone could see Ray’s films across the world with subtitles, why not us?”

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