Tigmanshu Dhulia on ‘Milan Talkies’: Most intriguing stories come from small towns
Actor-filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia has helmed mid-budget but critically acclaimed films like ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ and ‘Saheb Biwi aur Gangster’ series. The filmmaker has a solid clarity of what he wants to do and never Chase stars to convert his dream on celluloid. His upcoming film ‘Milan Talkies’ is all set to hit the theatres on March 15. Produced by Filmy Keeda Productions, ‘Milan Talkies’ stars Ali Fazal and Shraddha Srinath in the lead roles.
In a recent interview with the news agency PTI, Tigmanshu said, “I don’t want to sound pompous but I want my films to be a ‘Tigmanshu Dhulia Film.’ Whether it’s a hit or a flop, doesn’t matter. I came to this industry to make films, not to make films with stars. Now I’ve learnt to not approach those producers with those kinds of scripts where they will ask me to get a star. I don’t fall into that trap anymore.”
It is to be noted that ‘Milan Talkies’ was though conceptualised around 2011, Tigmanshu had to cross several roadblocks to finally make the film. Talking about the delay of the film, the director shared, “Earlier UTV was supposed to do it but I had a fallout with them because they weren’t releasing ‘Paan Singh Tomar‘ . There was a gap then and Ekta pushed really hard. I’ll give it up to her.”
“Despite actors saying yes and no, dillydallying about it, she held on to it. But they needed a star. I requested her let me make it with whoever because otherwise this will never get made and she did,” he added.
On being asked about setting his in small towns, the filmmaker said that the reasons is that most of the intriguing stories come from there.
“If you take up the films set in small town and try to make it in Mumbai, it’ll not work. Small towns bring a lot of conflicts of various kinds. Apart from Mumbai and probably Bangalore, every city in this country is a small town anyway, where values and traditions still exist,” he concluded.