Sooraj Barjatya on making family dramas of the new era: I'm trying to find my space
The director Sooraj Barjatya is known for his affinity with family dramas, but the filmmaker says he finds it difficult to enlighten young people about Indian traditions and values.
The director debuted with 'Maine Pyar Kiya' (1989) and then performed 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun ...!' (1994), 'Hum Saath Saath Hain' (1999), 'Vivah' (2006) and ' Prem Ratan Dhan Payo '(2015), all focused on the bond shared by a family.
Today I feel much more responsible to society for continuing to do so (family dramas) as nobody else is doing.
I also know that it's not about staying together, it's not about that anymore, since you can't stay because of space issues, there will also be moments of arguments that should be shown in a healthy way. But how to make it a challenge for young people so that they can also interact with him, Barjatya said in an interview.
The director said he admires filmmakers as Rajkumar Hirani Amit Ravindernath Sharma and Love kaushik who make films in a novel way for the family audience, to be inspired.
I appreciate when I see something like 'Badhaai Ho' or 'Bala' or how Raju Hirani He makes movies. I feel he is very healthy, he added.
Barjatya said that while he is aware that families still like to watch their movies, he also wants their stories to resonate with young people.
I know that young people do not come for my films except for 'Maine Pyar Kiya'. It is a family audience that is coming. I am not linked to any commercial aspect to make a movie. As a commercial company, there is a search to reach young people because, unless you do not contact them, you are not helping society.
But they don't want anything preachy. I remember when a brother and sister came out and walked up to me after watching 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' and she told me don't show us the dreams. I understand you have to show things in a practical way, but it is important to stay connected and that's what I want to keep doing it.
The director said he doesn't care about the harsh criticism of the younger generation, but he feels sad when the young man doesn't relate to his vision.
It doesn't hurt, but I feel sad because I have seen the positive points, I have seen how goodness can win. It is getting difficult and everything is so complex and I am trying to find my space in it. It's not easy, he added.