I thrive on newness, says Anurag Basu

According to his Ludo actors, filmmaker Anurag Basu withholds parts of the script from them only to shout impromptu directions from the loudspeaker during the shoot, and the director, best known for ‘Barfi!’ and Jagga Jasoos, admits he is a case of ‘organised mess’.

The idea behind not giving a complete narration to the actors, he said, is to achieve an ‘organic performance’.

‘I am like that in everything in my life. You should see the kitchen when I cook, what ‘raita’ (mess) I make. But I still make good food,’ Basu said.

‘Ludo’, an absurdist crime comedy anthology, has received a generally favourable response on its November 12 release on Netflix.

Following four close-knit stories with a stellar ensemble cast — including the likes of Pankaj Tripathi, Rajkummar Rao, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Abhishek Bachchan, and Shalini Vats — is impossible if one is disorganised, the director said.

“When you have a single-story, you can change things here and there. But when one story is interlinked to another, a lot of things are planned.’

‘The problem my actors often have is that I don’t give the entire film (script) to them before. I just ask them to come on set, I have started doing this for the last four-five times. I feel something new might strike me while shooting. So, I delay my process till the last moment, Basu said.

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