Director Shoojit Sircar enjoyed working with Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan in 'Piku' so much that wants to reteam with the cast for an encore. The film releases on Friday, but Sircar already sees enough scope for a second movie.
"I want to do a couple of more films with these three actors. I love them. I just want to explore more with Deepika, Mr Bachchan and Irrfan, all of them are terrific actors.
"I wish 'Piku' had not ended and we should have written more and more. I would love to do a sequel because I loved the relationships between them in the film. I would love to continue this one. There is a story..." Shoojit told PTI.
The director, who has previously made 'Yahaan' (2005), 'Vicky Donor' (2012), and 'Madras Cafe' (2013) is at ease ahead of the release of his latest — and undoubtedly, biggest — film this Friday as he feels he has matured with his latest theatrical outing.
"There are no butterflies this time. With my first two films I was nervous but now I am not. Maybe I am more experienced. The most important question for a director is 'Am I happy watching my film?' Most of the times it becomes a task to watch your own film.
"I am happy with 'Piku'. Out of all the films that I have done, 'Piku' is more mature direction-wise also. People will see many new elements in this film," he said.
Shoojit may have evolved in his craft over the years but he admits something that remains a constant in his work is Satyajit Ray's influence, especially the simple stories and their realistic treatment.
"My teaching is all Satyajit Ray. In 'Piku', you will find a lot of Ray. Three-four films of his have inspired elements in this film. 'Vicky Donor' was also influenced by him.
"Ray picked up very simple subjects and normal human relationships to weave his stories. And that satire, that humour and quirkiness with which he told such stories, attracted me," Shoojit said.
In the current lot of directors, Shoojit admires works of Anurag Kashyap, Rajkumar Hirani, Sujoy Ghosh and Imtiaz Ali because he feels these directors are focused towards bridging the gap between commercial and off-beat cinema.
"They are trying to break things and do something... They are trying to not differentiate in any particular genre, or commercial cinema and art cinema. Everything today is mingled, everything is commercial now. For us that's a good thing because I can't make a film where 30 dancers are there without any reason," he said.
When asked if he would ever give a shot at larger-than-life characters, Shoojit said, "I will, if a good script comes but I don't think I can make those kind of films. I am not prepared for that."
Watch the trailer of 'Piku' below.