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Dibakar Banerjee: 5 Things to know about the director

Dibakar Banerjee facts
January 3, 2019

Like most filmmakers out there, Dibakar Banerjee too started out as an ad film maker and still continues to make commercials whilst simultaneously directing, screenwriting and producing movies. Here are 5 interesting facts and things that you ought to know about him before the release of his next directorial Sandeep aur Pinky Faraar:

Returned his National Award to government in 2015

In the wake of growing ‘intolerance’ wave in the country in 2015, many filmmakers, including Dibakar Banerjee, returned their national awards to the government, confirming their support and solidarity with the students of FTII, who were protesting the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the institute.

Notably, Dibakar Banerjee had received the National Award for Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006),which is cherished by audiences even to this day.

Payal Rohatgi accused him of casting couch

Payal Rohatgi accused Dibakar Banerjee of casting couch

Payal Rohatgi accused director Dibakar Banerjee of making physcial advances towards her, when she went to seek a role in the filmmakers’s 2012 flick, Shanghai, which had Emraan Hashmi and Kalki Koechlin in the lead.

According to a statement by Rohatgi, post the audition of her role with Banerjee’s casting director, the filmmaker came over to her house in order to discuss her character. However, on reaching her home, he asked her to lift her shirt and show him her belly, as he wanted to see if the actress had gained weight. When Rohatgi refused to do as said, she was denied the role.

When confronted with the allegations, Banerjee answered that if he was willing to have an extra-marital affair and cheat her wife, Richa Puranesh, he would date a non-actor and not exploit anyone on the context of offering a role.

Well, Mr Banerjee this was not the kind of answer that we had expected from a filmmaker with the stature as that of yours.

The thief who inspired Banerjee’s Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! wants his dues paid

Devinder Singh aka Bunty who inspired Dibakar Banerjee's Oye Lucky Lucky Oye

For those who didn’t know- Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, starring Abhay Deol, was loosely based on the life of  notorious thief Devinder Singh, better known by his nickname, Bunty.

Upon his release from the Tihar in 2010, Bunty said that Banerjee had failed to pay him the money that he was promised post the success of the movie.

In 2013, when Bunty was arrested again and interrogated by the police, he said that he is looking to kill the director for not keeping his word and denying him of his share of money.

Notably, Bunty has even appeared on Bigg Boss!

Dibakar Banerjee is the only Indian filmmaker to shoot an entire film on Digital Camera

His 2010 feature film, Love Sex Aur Dhoka, was one-of-a-kind movie for a number of reasons. But, one reason that makes it completely unique is the fact that whatever has been shown in the movie has been ‘captured’ with the help of CCTVs, mobile cameras and Handycams. Thus, no traditional filmmaking camera was used while LSD’s shooting!

Entered the world of web series with Netflix’s Lust Stories

Netflix’s Lust Stories is a collection of 4 short films, featuring Kiara Advani, Vicky Kaushal, Radhika Apte, Manisha Koirala, among others. Each short film has been helmed by a different director, namely Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar.

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