1 January 2017
Omung Kumar speaks about Sarbjit making it to the list of Oscar nominations this year and what makes it stand out from other films
What makes Sarbjit so different from the other films? “I think because it has an international subject. A person stuck in jail for 23 years, and people striving to get him out. It could have been a Hollywood film straight away. I think that is why it touched people and that is why it got selected,” he added.
After Mary Kom and Sarbjit, is there any other subject that has caught his mind lately? “Right now, I am doing Bhoomi. It is Sanjay Dutt’s comeback film and it is a father-daughter story. I am shooting the entire film in Agra. We start shooting in January for two months and the film releases in August 4. It is not based on a particular true incident but there were many similar incidents and it is based on the same. It is a full on Bollywood story. For me, the actor becomes priority and the story has to restructure itself so that people can stand out and take notice. This is my criteria of filmmaking,” Omung said.
Shedding some more light on his forthcoming film Bhoomi with Sanjay Dutt and the pressure he feels for the same, he said, “It is an honour to direct him. Comeback films always attract eye balls. I want Sanjay Dutt to be proud of the film that he is doing. This should be his best film for life. So that pressure will be there. Otherwise, Sanjay Dutt loves the subject and that is why he said yes to this film.”
The multi-faceted director has also been enjoying being an art director before and has even hosted shows. Further elaborating about what he enjoys doing the most, he averred, “Everything is equally hard working for me; be it directing, hosting or designing sets. I am touching every aspect of what I have in me. If I am perfecting it, if I am loving it and that becomes my speciality. Both parallel lives I am living. I am still making sets and I am still making films.”