‘I have never met a passionate filmmaker like Aamir sahab’

Debarati Palit Singh
Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Prakash Bharadwaj, who has been Aamir Khan’s speech trainer for almost 13 years, has turned director with Colors of Life. He talks about his film and how he was always inclined towards direction

Aamir Khan’s speech trainer and dialogue director Prakash Bharadwaj has made his directorial debut with a relevant subject. The film titled Colors of Life highlights how today’s generation is more involved with social media than their family. The film slated to release on July 6, stars Rituparna Sengupta, Payel Roy and Priyanshu Chatterjee. 

While promoting the film, Prakash says, “Today’s generation is very active on social media, where they have several friends. But in personal life, they are emotionally detached from their family. In this story, my protagonist is disconnected with her own mother because of her attachment with social media. We should be connected with our families and in case we are facing any crisis in life, we should share it with them.” 

“Today’s youth don’t value their life. They think death is the answer to everything, if they fail in exams or have a failed relationship. But I haven’t preached about that issue in the film,” he adds. 

Prakash, who has been working with Aamir Khan for more than 13 years, says that being on his own set is a different experience as compared to being on someone else’s. “I have been on the sets of Rang De Basanti and now on Thugs of Hindostan where I did not have so much responsibility. When I started working on my own film, I had to coordinate with everyone as all departments were dependent on me. Thankfully, everything went off smoothly, except for a few line producers from Kolkata,” he says. 

When asked if he was always inclined towards direction, Prakash replies, “I used to write and direct plays. And, then I came to be associated with Rang de.. While working on these projects, I did harbour a desire to go behind the camera. I knew that I needed technical knowledge and experience, so I was working to achieve these skills on the film sets for 13 years.”

“When you are directing your first film, it’s not necessary that you will get a big star but I was lucky. I got a good cast,” says Prakash, who has also trained Pooja Hegde, Sunny Leone, Tusshar Kapoor and others. 

Talking about his experience of working with Aamir, he says, “I have been highly inspired by Aamir sahab and learnt a lot from him. Having said that, I wanted to make my first film, my way. Whatever praise or criticism the film faces, it should rest with me. I did not want to take any kind of guidance from him. But I definitely want to show him the film. Once he gets the time, I will do that.” 

He adds that working with Aamir has taught him several aspects of life including perfection, dedication, involvement. “Despite being a top actor, he is such a down-to-earth person. He is highly involved with every project of his. He does thorough homework and that’s why he takes two-three years to work on a project. I have never met such a passionate filmmaker. I have learnt something new in each project,” says Prakash, who has also trained Amitabh Bachchan and Katrina Kaif in Thugs of Hindostan. 

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