By Nita Deshmukh. Posted on April 20, 2016
Shimit Amin For someone who's made 3 remarkable films in the last decade - Ab Tak Chhappan, Chak De! India, Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year, we rarely see or hear him on any forum.
Born in East Africa and raised in US & India, Shimit Amin was a TV and movie buff right from his early days and over time his interest turned, first into passion & then into profession. Shimit edited Bhoot while still living in L.A. However it was filmmaker Santosh Sivan who noticed his work and encouraged him to move to Bollywood.
An interesting aspect of Shimit’s movies is the authenticity & layers his characters have. Be it Sadhu Agashe (Nana Patekar) from Ab Tak Chhappan, Kabir Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) from Chak De! India or Harpreet Singh Bedi (Ranbir Kapoor) from Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year, the characters stay with us even after we have left the cinema hall. “I don’t direct actors. I hopefully pick the right people for the right role and let them do their job. It’s not that I’m afraid but they are good at what they are doing. I can’t micromanage. Casting is very important for me”.
One of the many who've been mentored by Ram Gopal Verma, he admires the the maverick director for his honesty & independent streak.
“He is innovative, independent even in the phase of criticism. He sticks to what he is doing and nobody can claim that. He is a maverick in what is does”.
Shimit Amin is one of the few filmmakers who have managed to stamp their uniqueness on the films they've made, an approach that has gained him recognition.
“In a lot of way Bollywood films are much more original than the independent films. There are independent films around the world but you will never get a Bollywood film anywhere else and that’s interesting. Good or bad this is what it is. A Bollywood movie, even if its a hotch-potch of hundred ideas, it is still a Bollywood movie. The originality is actually in Bollywood movies. For your love or hate of it, it is our identity, our culture”.
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