Dibakar Banerjee on Lust Stories: ‘Middle age is more complex, that’s when real companionship starts’

Mumbai: National Award-winning filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee, who has directed one of the four short films as part of Netflix's anthology Lust Stories, is feeling the pre-release jitters. He says he has always had to find a way to survive in the competitive business as his works have an alternate voice.

Lust Stories, out on 15 June, is an anthology film with contribution from Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar and Dibakar, who had earlier created Bombay Talkies. This time, they have told four stories revolving around love and lust.

Banerjee, known for movies like Khosla Ka Ghosla and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, told IANS: "My films are different. They never set the box office on fire. I have always had to find a way to survive in the business, facing competition.

"So whether a film is releasing on a digital platform or in a theatre, it does not ease the pressure or that pre-release anxiety because here also I am competing with three other iconic directors of our film business."

Pointing out the basic difference between filmmaking and any other art forms like writing a novel, music and painting, Banerjee said: "A movie takes a lot of money to make. It takes not only money, but people and logistics.

"I have come from an extremely middle-class family, and I am told that if you have used someone's money, you better repay it before celebrating your success with the single malt. So ...

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