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As a small boy I had read about Beethoven in the Book of Knowledge, now I was listening enraptured to his sonatas and symphonies.
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At the age when Bengali youth almost inevitably writes poetry, I was listening to European classical music.
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Ever since Two Daughters I've been composing my own music.
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I had developed this habit of writing scenarios as a hobby. I would find out which stories had been sold to be made into films and I would write my own treatment and then compare it.
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I mix Indian instruments with Western instruments all the time.
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I only try to tell a story in the best possible way balancing the needs of Art with the need to reach an audience.
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I think the first feature was made in Bombay in 1913, not so long after Hollywood. The cinema industry in Calcutta started not long after that.
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I think they quite like me when I work because I'm one of the safer directors to back, because even if my films don't bring their costs in back home, once they're shown outside of India they manage to cover the costs.
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I was interested in both Western and Indian classical music.
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I wouldn't mind taking a rest for three or four months, but I have to keep on making films for the sake of my crew, who just wait for the next film because they're not on a fixed salary.
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I've made seventeen or eighteen films now, only two of which have been original screenplays, all the others have been based on short stories or novels, and I find the long short story ideal for adaptation.
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It was only after Pather Panchali had some success at home that I decided to do a second part. But I didn't want to do the same kind of film again, so I made a musical.
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Most of the top actors and actresses may be working in ten or twelve films at the same time, so they will give one director two hours and maybe shoot in Bombay in the morning and Madras in the evening. It happens.
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My cameraman and I devised a method, which we started using from my second film, which applies mainly to day scenes shot in the studio, where we used bounced light instead of direct light. We agreed with this thing of four or five shadows following the actors is dreadful.
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My films play only in Bengal, and my audience is the educated middle class in the cities and small towns. They also play in Bombay, Madras and Delhi where there is a Bengali population.
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One of the reasons why some of my films seem so slow is because the soundtrack isn't expressive enough - maybe they need more sound or music.
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Particularly in the final stages I always find that I'm rushed. It's dangerous when you're rushed in the editing stage, most of my early films are flawed in the cutting.
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Ravi Shankar had some difficulties in the States because everyone would ask him to play the music from The Confectioner and he didn't know it!
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Sometimes a director is making three films. Perhaps he is shooting a film in Madras and a film in Bombay and he can't leave Madras as some shooting has to be done, so he directs by telephone. The shooting takes place. On schedule.
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The conception of background music is changing. You use less and less of it these days.
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The director is the only person who knows what the film is about.
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The only solutions that are ever worth anything are the solutions that people find themselves.
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There is a ban on Indian films in Pakistan, so that's half of our market gone.
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There's always some room for improvisation.
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We have been making films ever since the silent days of the 1920s, I should imagine.
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We'd read a lot, seen a lot, but you learn only when you're out with your camera, shooting. And in the cutting room.
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Well the Bombay film wasn't always like how it is now. It did have a local industry. There were realistic films made on local scenes. But it gradually changed over the years.
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What is attempted in these film is of course a synthesis. But it can be seen by someone who has his feet in both cultures. Someone who will bring to bear on the films involvement and detachment in equal measure.
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When I write an original story I write about people I know first-hand and situations I'm familiar with. I don't write stories about the nineteenth century.
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When I'm shooting on location, you get ideas on the spot - new angles. You make not major changes but important modifications, that you can't do on a set. I do that because you have to be economical.
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With the detective film, I didn't enjoy the story so I decided to have some fun with the music. I played some instruments and recorded them at different speeds and it was all synthetic. All done in my room, and no-one can work out what is being played, but it has the desired effect.
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You cannot go beyond a certain limit in your expenditure if you want to bring back money from your local market, which is very small after Pakistan.
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You don't have to have too many elements in a film, but whatever you use must be the right elements, the expressive elements.
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