WBRi Washington Bangla Radio had the opportunity to speak with the award-winning director Mukesh Asopa. Click on the play button on the player below to listen to the exclusive interview online.
Mukesh Asopa is a young, smart and internationally acclaimed film-maker from Toronto, Canada. Mukesh has made two films so far - Aisha and Rahul (2009) and The Taste Of Relation (2010). Both films have received international acclaim and numerous awards at a multitude of film festivals across the world. The films are, fortunately, available on DVD online.
In the interview (audio), Mukesh talks about his roots in Calcutta and his favorite actors and directors from childhood, including Mithun Chakraborty, Prosenjit, Tapas Pal, Uttam Kumar and so on.
Mukesh also succintly explains the background and theme of his two films, and shares some anecdotes from the shooting of the films. As an experienced actor-writer-director, Mukesh talks thoughtfully about contemporary aspects of Indian film - he dwells on art-house/parallel and commercial movies, and the way a significant number of films are now being made by independent film-makers living abroad, all of excellent quality and some of which have actually started making inroads into the purely commercial Bollywood film industry.
Mukesh offers some excellent words of wisdom and advice for the nascent generation of young film-makers who are now choosing to seriously study film-making as a viable career option in a resurgent India.
It is a pleasure to listen to Mukesh speak, as you will no doubt find out.
Watch the theatrical trailer of The Taste of Relation.