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'The Return of Hanuman' will be the biggest blockbuster ever

After disaster called 'No Smoking', Anurag Kashyap has recently come up with his new directorial venture 'The Return of Hanuman', an animation film.

Published: Monday,Dec 31, 2007 15:53 PM GMT-07:00
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After disaster called ‘No Smoking’, Anurag Kashyap has recently come up with his new directorial venture 'The Return of Hanuman', an animation film. Post a dark thriller he surprisingly comes up with a children’s film set in modern-day India and Hanuman taking on the role of a school boy. It's the funny antics of the kid which involves action, comedy and drama - some of the most loved ingredients of a hardcore Bollywood potboiler - that seems to be clicking well with the film's target audience i.e. children. His film is all set to break the records created by its predecessor ‘Hanuman’-

Q: How was the experience of working on the film?
A: The ‘Return of Hanuman’ gave me an insight into how animation movies are made. The script for an animation film vastly differs from that of a feature film script. Here, you have to consider even the smallest of details like dust blowing, leaves falling, etc while writing for the film. It was a wonderful and enriching experience. Especially since it’s an out-and-out fun movie and is not at all connected to ‘Ramayana’.

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Q: Is this your first children’s film?
A: Yes, this film is dedicated to my daughter, who says my films only have policemen, people getting beaten up, etc. But have no songs, dance or masti. I have written this film for her so that she can enjoy it with her pals.

Q: How was it working with PPC?
A: Brilliant. PPC fully trusted me from day one on a project that was totally different from my genre of dark and commercial films.

Q: What was you reaction when you were offered the project by PPC?
A: I was pondering on what to do when I got a call from Percept who asked me to write the script for ‘The Return of Hanuman’, which I eventually went on to direct. But I did all this for my daughter.

Q: Your inspiration...
A: The general mindset of children acted as a reference point. The Hanuman of this film is a child. He goes to school, solves his friends’ problems, steals mangoes and behaves like a kid. Some childhood memories also came in handy.

Q: What is your take on the music of the film?
A: The music of the film is overwhelming and goes with the film very well. I love the music very much.

Q: Do you think ‘The Return of Hanuman’ will prove to be a successful as ‘Hanuman’?
A: I feel ‘The Hanuman of Return’ will be the biggest blockbuster ever.

Q: What fascinates you most about the industry?
A: The possibilities and the challenge posed by the industry fascinate me the most.

Q: Don’t you think that Hindi cinema is now getting versatile?
A: I love the direction in which Hindi cinema is heading.

Q: What other projects do you have in the pipeline?
A: My other forthcoming films are ‘Dev D’, ‘Devki’ and ‘Gulaal’.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: I see myself right here talking about my films.


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