By Chaitanya Padukone
Talented actor-turned-director Sujoy Mukherjee seemed emotionally charged as he fondly recalled how his legendary ‘late’ actor-film-maker dad Joy Mukherjee was an “institution which taught me the basic craft and nuances of filmmaking”. The special sentiments were being shared as it was Joy Mukherjee’s 84th birth anniversary (Feb 24th). Wasn’t there any special tribute that Joy had decided to take up, to mark his matinee-idol dad’s anniversary?
Responds Sujoy who is already working on his feature-film directorial debut ‘Kalpavriksh’, “It’s literally a matter of joy for me that I have announced this new short film ‘Hunar’ (talent) on my dad’s birthday. Am aware that I always have my dad’s blessings with me. It’s co-written and co-produced by me and of course, directed by me.”
Hunar is all about how most parents tend to impose their unfulfilled dreams over the little shoulders of their innocent children and underestimate the real potential hidden talent within them. Children should get the freedom to channel their potential talents, instead of being forced to unwillingly leap into some other conventional career, which does not excite them at all. This is the essence of my short film Hunar which will have popular two established star faces and promising new young talents as well”, discloses Sujoy whose movie is co-produced by his partner Sureshchandra Awasthi.
Besides Sujoy, the screenplay is also co-written by Sunil Kapoor, Sujoy Mukherjee, Sachin Kaushik, and Ajita Kale.
Since Sujoy was close to his guiding-star dad Joy, what was the learning that he imbibed from him during his lifetime? “Keep learning always, nothing is absolutely 100 percent. Be humble, and remain simple all thru, was the success-mantra that my dad Joy shared with m The priceless advice he gave to all of us was that “Empires are not built with money, but with love”, This message in fact is inscribed just below his image on the Joy Mukherjee Marg (road) memorial indicator-sign-board,” shrugs Sujoy who in the past has reportedly won several recognition-honors for his short-films and some 39 Awards for his inspiring ‘Ab Mujhe Udna Hai’ short film.
(The writer Chaitanya Padukone is an eminent award-winning senior film journalist-author)