In your best films you worked with some of the greatest talents?
I have an eye for talent. Do you know in Shor when Sharmila Tagore ditched me(she was supposed to play my wife’s role that Nanda finally played) I had offered that role to Smita Patil. She politely told me she was not interested in acting at that point of time.God has given me honest eyes and pure ears.”
I never intended to be a director in the first place. I became one by default when during Shaheed I had to direct the film unofficially. Then Lal Bahadur Shastri raised the slogan of Jai Jawan Jai Kisan. That’s how I made Upkar. I give credit for my success to my parents.
Shor in 1972 .It was about a man and his son.I remember I had gone to sign Jaya Bhaduriji after seeing her in Guddi. I told her , Shor is about a father and son. The son can’t speak and the father pines to hear him. But the day that the son speaks the father can’t hear any more.’ No Indian film had been made on a such a thin storyline.And that is the only film I directed in which I was not named Bharat.