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Published:March 19th, 2007 09:03 EST
Interview with Filmmaker Faisal Saif

Interview with Filmmaker Faisal Saif

By Denise Kaminsky

Hello Faisal, tell me about yourself?

"First of all! It`s an honor for me to be interviewed for your site. You guys are doing great work for the Independent Film Community out there!"

"I am an Indian filmmaker here in Mumbai, India. My first feature film is "JIGYAASA" (Indian Hindi Language). The film was released worldwide on March 10, 2006. It was an average earner at the box office and it is still going strong on the DVD circuit as well. The film was surrounded by hot controversies here in India. Recently, I have received the best story award from the Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival for my yet to be released English feature film "Come December" which is a true story about a gay gigolo surviving on the streets of Mumbai."

What or who was your inspiration to become a filmmaker?

"There were no inspirations for me to become a filmmaker. I always wanted to tell a story the way I see it. Some of the great filmmakers whom I`ve always admired are Tony Scott, Quentin Tarantino, Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth, Bandit Queen), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Adriane Lyne. Personally, I think that these are some living legends who wanted to show cinema in their own way."

What qualities do you look for in an actor/actress?

"According to me, actors should always be hungry to act and must have confidence in themselves to pull off anything that is written on a paper. Actors should see and respect the visions of the filmmaker. Actors must be dominating to the co-actor, only then he/she will act or try to act better then others."

How did you come up with the idea for "JIGYAASA" and what is it based on?

"I`ve always wanted to tell a story about "a dominating actress who becomes a superstar in her lifetime. For me, deep down in my heart," I thought that late actress Jean Seberg was a great inspiration. I did some research about her, and then I tried to mix it with the woman that was living in my heart. I have always wanted to show that the actress "JIGYAASA" could go to any extent or limit to become a Superstar, a woman who is dominating, calculative and manipulating at the same time."

"Many people here in India claimed that I was heavily inspired by Angelina Jolie`s "GIA." The truth is that I saw "GIA" after my film "JIGYAASA"."

Tell me about some of the other films that you have done?

"My English film titled, "Come December" will be released in the month of May 2007.

Presently, I am finishing the film titled "Sofia" with the internationally acclaimed award-winning actress Siboney Lo." Then I will start to film my next film titled, "Osama" which is a pure love story, which is very close to my heart."

Would you happen to have a web site for my readers?

Thank you so much for talking to me.

Your welcome and best of luck with your filmmaking career.