In our series of posts about 100 years of Indian Cinema, we present to you this excerpt from a blog post by a Jaipurite about the day he met Govind Nihalani in Jaipur.
I was glancing thorough the morning tabloid completely unaware that soon this day will turn out to be one of the most memorable day of my life. It all started with a regret of missing the first day of Jaipur Animation Film Festival. The regret turned into remorse when I found out through an interview in a supplement that Govind Nihalani had come to attend the festival on its inaugural year. As I read further and visited the website of JAFF, I was energized and grabbed my camera, ready to attend the second day of the festival [13Oct,’11].
I have only recently started to understand cinema, especially Indian. I have been greatly moved by Govind Nihalani’s Ardh satya, Aakrosh and Tamas (TV Series). Chakravyuh, the poem by Dilip Chitre in Ardh satya, is such an interesting reflection on a human being. Vijay Tendulkar’s works made me aware of the violence, played out at a subtler level within me in my daily life.
As I began to walk out of the auditorium, I saw Govind Nihalani. He was in his humble and polite manner interacting with a group of adoring fans. I joined in. Everything was calm. It wasn’t like the main stream stars, who come in like a gust of wind and disappear. Here it was about real connections, real appreciation. I got a chance for a photo with him. I was so overwhelmed that I couldn’t come up with a decent question to ask him. I phoned up my friends who could appreciate the situation I was in and asked them if they had any questions to ask. While they were thinking about their questions and promised to call me back, I came up with a question “Sir, when you plan to make a movie on a subject based on a specific period of time, when do you feel ‘“Now i should stop researching and start implementing?” His answer was that one should research only that portion of history which is relevant to make the movie. If one is making a movie on British Raj in India, one should keep only the concerned period in mind from a 200 year long history. The knowledge of the untouched period can help but it’s not very important to acquire that.
I told him how my friends from the south were excited to hear that I had the opportunity to talk to him. I asked him if he could give a video interview. He immediately agreed and started looking for a place where voice could be recorded clearly.And the rest is in the video…
This excerpt has been re-produced with the permission of the writer.
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