Prakash Jha, Sudhir Mishra join hands for films

Mumbai: Two of Bollywood`s avant-garde directors Prakash Jha and Sudhir Mishra have joined hands. And Mishra is relieved that he doesn`t have to worry about production and marketing of his films once they are made.

Starting with Mishra`s new film "Yeh Saali Zindagi", which features Irrfan Khan, Chitrangda Singh and Arunodoy Singh, Prakash Jha`s production house has taken charge of Mishra`s films.

Mishra can barely contain his relief. "Now I can just focus on making my films and not look anxiously over my shoulder at what will happen to my films after I complete it. I am an inherently creative person and have little idea of production and marketing."

In fact Mishra, known to be a fiercely independent-minded filmmaker, has happily incorporated in "Yeh Saali Zindagi" suggestions made by Prakash Jha.

Jha said: "Sudhir and I are basically like-minded filmmakers. Yes, I`m jointly producing `Yeh Saali Zindagi` with him. If two filmmakers can see in the same line of vision, then why not? I did suggest some changes during editing. Sudhir didn`t mind incorporating them. He will also be at liberty to make suggestions about films I direct."

Jha, in fact, intends to produce more films for Mishra and other outside directors as well. Debutante director Alankrita Shrivastava`s `Turning 30", which Jha is producing is about a suburban 30-year old woman`s (Gul Panag) tryst with loneliness, unwanted attention and self-fufillment.

While Jha would personally direct the big blockbusters like "Raajneeti", outside directors would have the freedom to create a more intimate tightly budgeted cinema for Prakash Jha Productions.

Jha would have the final word on the scripts and the editing.

So is it creative freedom with curbs?

Jha said: "It`s only fair that I should have the right to fine-tune the script and editing. I don`t see that as curbing of any director`s freedom. I want to create a platform for another kind of directorial voice."

Old friend Nana Patekar is also expected to direct a film for Prakash Jha.