Though we all know that the reputed Bengali director Aniruddh Roy Choudhury has directed one of last year’s most celebrated films, the question now being asked is, how much did the film’s producer Shoojit Sircar invest creativity-wise into the project.
While Aniruddh rightfully takes the awards for best director it is Shoojit whom members of the cast refer to as director.
Says an actor from Pink, “While Aniruddh was the director on the project, Shoojit was present every day on the sets.Yeah , you could say Shoojit was a co-director.”
When asked who actually directed Pink Shoojit doesn’t mince words. “That’s a tricky question,” he says. “You could say I was the head coach of the team. It was all a team work. I had a vision and I made sure that that the film shaped up accordingly. If you want it put bluntly, then yes you could say I interfered in everything.And yes , there was a lot of me in Pink.”
Explaining why the interference was seen to be necessary Shoojit says, “I have to admit this was an extremely sensitive subject and I decided I wouldn’t let it go out there in the public domain like the other films that I had produced but not directed. Since Tony (Aniruddh Roy Choudhury) is a friend he and the Pink writer Ritesh Shah didn’s mind me calling the shots.”
While opinion is divided on how ethical it is for a producer-director to intervene in his production when he is not directing, critic Raja Sen feels it’s unfair for Shoojit to walk away with the credit for Pink. “I believe Aniruddh directed Pink simply because I’d like to believe the film’s makers. That said, Shoojit has taken too much credit for the film while identifying himself as someone who is not the director of Pink.”