I first heard of The Boss Dialogues from my colleague when I was at work and she was going to accompany my boss for it. Then Celery told me they were planning to get my most favourite director for it. I was intrigued. I quickly google searched The Boss Dialogues and found their website. For the uninitiated, The Boss Dialogues is a monthly event where entertainment journalist Indu Mirani engages in conversation with an A-list director and then throws the floor open for questions from the audience. A dialogue in the literal sense, so far, they have had Farhan Akhtar, Farah Khan and Kabir Khan.
Last Sunday, a friend and I went for The Boss Dialogues with Kabir Khan. Apart from being embarrassed about eating while he spoke, we had a lot to take away from the session. While I have watched all 3 of Kabir’s feature films, even reviewed 2 of them, I had no idea of his background as a documentary filmmaker and his travels to over 60 countries.
We were also pleasantly surprised at how articulate and precise he was when he spoke. The 1 hour was packed with all the right elements of a good movie. There was drama, emotion, tragedy, humour and even a few flashback sequences. He told us about his work as a documentary filmmaker, the ‘areas of evil access’ he has visited, all the research that led him to make feature films, his struggle, his encounter with producers, his time at film school and much more.
Some of my favourite bits were his introduction and explanation of the ‘film proposal’. It includes star value, recovery time, distribution channels, etc etc He mentioned how he was probably the case study for ‘My Name Is Khan’ and despite being a non-practising Muslim, the various incidents that have happened thanks to his ‘vague’ name. He spoke about knowing when he knew he wanted to be a filmmaker and the ‘acting’ offer that came from a certain ‘Nadiadwala’ while he was at film school. He explained the Western perspective through which we used to consume politics and how that shaped his need to express his own viewpoint. Most importantly, he emphasised that a film, to him, may be set against a political backdrop, but has to be a human story. His advice to any emerging filmmaker would be to tell an engaging human story that will keep the audience interested.
It was interesting to know from someone who has worked with Aditya Chopra and Salman Khan, the dynamics of the industry and the process of filmmaking. I really had a good time at The Boss Dialogues and I’m looking forward to the ones that follow.