Directors discuss art of storytelling

Written By Unknown on Minggu, 07 Desember 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: 'Two silly monkeys who aren't really silly'. That is the favourite story of filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee's 5-year-old daughter these days, but it might as well have been the title of the afternoon session at the Times Litfest on Saturday. In this session, titled 'The difficult art of storytelling', filmmakers Banerjee, whose daughter loves listening to her father's stories, and Shekhar Kapur, whose daughter doesn't, realized that if they got together to make a movie, it would turn out to be quite nice.

Film critic Anupama Chopra, the giggly, gentle moderator of the session, began by doing what Kapur thought was "the worst thing to do to someone onstage"—announce that it was his birthday. The birthday boy returned the favour by leaving Chopra groping for practical answers. Kitted out in formals and a pair of sneakers, Kapur, who called himself "an adventurer, not a filmmaker" served up a series of heartfelt, evangelical one-liners to many of her questions about a good story, each of which got a ready applause.

Banerjee, who listened to the director of Bandit Queen with the fascination of a fan boy, felt that deception was an important element of a good story. Banerjee, who aches for his daughter's satisfied sigh at the end of his stories, said he first leads the story of the two monkeys in the direction his daughter wants him to and later tricks her by steering the story his way.

"The greatest storyteller is one who loses himself," said Kapur, adding that while he prepares like a general before going on set, he consciously distracts his mind by listening to, say a Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan song, to create "panic" and hence, creativity.

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