Sarik Andreasyan is one of the most sought-after Russian filmmakers and he’s had a successful stint with Hollywood films too. Now he’s all set to release his next Russian film Guardians –The Superheroes in India. Here’s the man himself in an exclusive conversation with Rohini Nag Madnani about his film and his love for India
Guardians – The Superheroes is being billed as one of the biggest Russian superhero films. What inspired you to make this film?
Guardians… is a passion project for me as I have been a big fan of superhero films ever since I can remember. And not only from the cinematic point of view (thanks to superhero movies, we now see action movies in a new light) but also from a social and inspirational standpoint. Kids and teens see superhero movies as an example of good fighting and beating evil. They learn that being different doesn’t necessarily mean you lack something. It is very important for films to inspire people and superhero movies are perfect for that.
Yours is the first Russian film to release in India. What is it about India as an international market that prompted you to take this decision?
I believe there’s a great potential in the Indian market for Russian cinema. But the film has to be good so the Indian audience, which is very demanding, will like it and recommend it to their friends and relatives. I am sure your audience will love our film.
You are one of the most sought-after filmmakers in Russia and a successful name in Hollywood too. What inspires you to make a film?
My greatest inspiration is my family. My kids inspire me to make films that will, in turn, inspire them… inspire them to be better people, to distinguish bad from good, to learn, to laugh, to cry. They are my fans, my critics and my most loyal audience.
You are a writer, a director and a producer. Which one of these is your most favourite role and least favourite role?
I do wear many hats on my projects because I like to be involved in my films from the very beginning, but to answer your question… I am a director first and then a writer and a producer. Those two are definitely a close second – which is what defines a filmmaker and I consider myself such.
How familiar are you with the Indian film industry and the films made here?
Since I am intrigued and mesmerised by your country, I am always interested in Indian films or films about India. While growing up in the USSR, Bollywood movies were extremely popular. I’ve watched Seeta Aur Geeta so many times, it’s not funny! I absolutely love that film. I also love the new, modern wave that, once again, shows that talented people live everywhere on our planet. Movies such as Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and Lion… all of them hold a special place in my heart.
What can the Indian audience expect from your film?
I want you and your readers to watch the film yourselves, so I am not going to give away a lot but I’ll tell you one thing – you will be surprised by how much you enjoyed this ride!
Television actor Karanvir Bohra is all set to produce and act in a short film which will depict the love story between former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and his wife, President of the Congress party Sonia Gandhi. The film is meant to be a simple story that will showcase content of a different kind. It is indirectly a tribute to love and peace worldwide.
Bohra points out that, a few years ago, when the digital medium was not as effective as it is today, it would have been difficult to showcase one’s creativity but it is much easier now.
On how he thought up the idea for his short film, Bohra says that while surfing the Internet, he stumbled upon an episode of Rendezvous With Simi Garewal, who was then interviewing
Rajiv Gandhi. He says he was transfixed by the way Gandhi spoke and the way
he carried himself with such elegance.
In the interview, Gandhi spoke about Sonia Gandhi, how they had met and how he picked up the courage to ask his mother, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhiji’s permission to marry Sonia.
Priya Benerjee, who was last seen in Sanjay Gupta’s Jazbaa, will be seen as Sonia Gandhi in this short film. The
film will be in English and Italian.