I can hear the homecoming of the next train…the sounds are getting louder. I am ‘stationed’ at PVR. The honking set of metal compartments halt and out steps the man of the season, Saad Khan *with a warm smile*, director of the latest independent film to hit the 30 mm – ‘Station’. I decide to hear his story and proudly present to you the important pieces of our valuable exchange.
- Pre ‘Station’, you were dabbling with?
- Broad outline of the film making process on ‘Station’. From its seeding days to its full blossom this Friday.
It has been a mad joy ride. Seeding days go far back as September 2011. Lot of young people have worked on Station, and its been quite a journey. It makes me proud as a custodian to finally see it hit the screens which in my case is a big deal. It is raking good reviews from noted personnel and audiences alike and we are positive that people will sit up, take notice and watch this film for its content. Its a complicated plot and requires people not to take their eyes off the screen.
- The experience of being nurtured by a phenomenon like Ashutosh Gowariker and finally breaking the shell to bask on your own.
- Berlin, Cannes, Venice Festivals v/s Commercial runs?
- Your bucket list for independent cinema?
Like what kind of independent films I would want to make? Multiple genres driven by edgy, unusual content to begin with, working with ‘stars’ as ‘character actors’, working with diverse technicians, marketing the film commercially and making people go to the multiplexes to watch it.
- We know how audiences have come to acknowledge cinema that speaks a new voice. What could be a possible shortcoming of this large pool of amazing stories?
- What lies ahead for Mr. Saad?
We leave the platform hoping for many more travelers to visit the ‘Station’. The pace shall leave you juggling between catching your breath and edging on your seat indeed. Catch a glimpse right here: