Abhishek Kapoor, who is coming out with his next directorial, Fitoor, three years after his last hit Kai Po Che, reveals that he always knew his next would be an adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic Great Expectations.
“My thing in life is that to be as versatile I can. I had not tackled a love story as yet or a story about love And Great Expectations was always a story in my mind,” Kapoor told Rajeev Masand in an interview.
“It’s such a classic theme. I felt that I could present it and add some value to the original story. So, I jumped right into it,” adds Kapoor.
When asked if it was difficult to adapt it to the Indian context, he said, “It was important to understand the complexities of these characters and also the complexities of what happens to so many people in love. Love is such a thing where people have their own defences, when you are engaging someone in a romantic way.”
The trailer of Fitoor has started a speculation that amid a love story, the film attempts to makes a political statement. “I realised now that’s the impression it gives, but the film takes no political stand. Even Kai Po Che! had some political backdrop, but I don’t think I took any political stand because that’s not my place. Kashmir is so complex that I am not qualified to make a political statement," says Kapoor.
Initially, Kapoor had planned to cast Sushant Singh Rajput in Fitoor, who he had launched in Kai Po Che, but the latter chose to do Shekhar Kapoor's Paani instead. He doesn’t bear any qualms against Sushant for this, though.
“It didn’t feel like a betrayal. I would always want the best for his career. I can understand where he is coming from. Shekhar Kapur is a fabulous director. He felt that he would want to do that film and I also want him to do it,” says Kapoor.
He also clears the air on why he had to replace Rekha with Tabu while he had already started shooting the film. “I was very excited to work with Rekhaji. She is such a beautiful person, so compassionate and generous. We prepped in our own way but sometimes when you get on the floor, you feel, this is not how we both imagined. I hope that I will get the opportunity to work with her again,” he says.
The full interview will be aired on CNN-IBN soon.