Lot of time needed to research movie material, says veteran epic drama director

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Gowariker…Gap between the films is caused by his larger-than-life stories.

Mohenjo Daro, starring Hrithik Roshan as an indigo farmer during the Indus Valley civilisation, is Ashutosh Gowariker’s first release after Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, which was released in 2010. His epic romance was released on Friday along with Akshay Kumar starrer Rustom,

His only other project in between was TV drama Everest.

“For Hrithik, the gap with film work is shorter than mine. I do feel that my gap has been long. It was my wife Sunita who has been encouraging me to make a contemporary film and finish it in a year. I wanted to do that but I needed to have a story that inspired me,” Gowariker said during in an interview. The gap between the films is caused by his larger-than-life stories and his painstaking nature of doing lot of research on his films. One of his more popular films was Lagaan which too needed lot of research for the backdrop of the film was the period of British Raj.

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The 52-year-old director says “I like creating another world, era and time zone. Within that era, what attracts me is to tell an untold story. It is great fun. In Jodhaa Akbar, the chapter that was missing was what happened in their chamber. So, it was exciting to create that romance in Mughal period”.

“Mohenjo Daro is based purely on archaeological findings and since there was not much, it was exciting to create a love story and drama,” he added.

There has been some criticism of historical inaccuracy in his film, which released on Friday, but for Gowariker it was interesting to carve out a story from what he says is “just a paragraph” in history books.

“I always thought if people worldwide are making movies on Greek and Egyptian civilisation and celebrating them, then why can’t we?”

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Mohenjo Daro, he says, took more time because he did not have much as source material unlike Mughal or British era. – CINEWS

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