Central Chronicle News
Raipur, Sept 21:
“Cinema has always been a magical world that pulls you in like a magnet and never lets you go”, shared Rawail author of The Master at Work, recalling his late father & Filmmaker HS Rawail’s words during The Write Circle event held by The Ehsaas Women of Raipur on Saturday at Hyatt Hotel.
The welcome note was given by, Shrishti Trivedi, lawyer turned entrepreneur and founder of Project Getout a local community venture and a fellow Ehsaas Woman.
Rahul Rawail an Indian film director and editor was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Director twice.
In conversation with Aanchal Garcha, Ehsaas Woman Raipur, Rahul Rawail reveled in sharing some anecdotes from his memorable times together with Raj Saheb. He was frank, grounded and very open during the session.
Raj Kapoor was a mentor, guide and a father figure in Rahul Rawails life. Rahul became his Assistant Director at the age of 15 while he was directing Mera Naam Joker.
This book shows Raj Kapoor in a light that he has never been seen in before. It encapsulates Raj Kapoor’s obsessions , his eccentricities, his genius and his filmmaking techniques in vivid details.
He shared how filmmaking is intuitive and not a science but an art. Rawail worked under Raj Kapoor and inherited his keen sense of observation and attention to the minutest details. The book The Filmmaker tries to capture the quintessential quirks that Raj Saheb was known for and delightfully shares some memorable incidents.
Rawail also resonated with Raj Saheb in that the golden period of Indian Cinema that they belonged to seems lost. While there is no dearth of talent yet often times it seems the Indian film industry is in despair. It has all become marketing gimmicks and a game of number and creativity which is the soul of any film seems to have taken a back seat.
Remembering his lifetime friendship with Rishi Kapoor, he chuckled and shared that they would talk every single day. He fondly spoke of the times he launched new talents like Kajol, Sunny Deol, Aishwarya Rai , Paresh Rawal in his movies.
When asked which are the movies closest to his heart he replied ‘ Dakait’ is very close to his heart.