Interview by Saryu Ahuja
Indian Architect and Builder, May 1995
"In the World Bank film, I have gone into the details. As the titles
run, there is the shot of the opening ceremony followed by some shots of
Delhi. For an Indian, seeing the Lal Quila or Lutyens' Delhi or the Qutab
Minar, may not be anything new, but for foreigners it would make a difference.
The site is in Lutyens'Delhi so there are shots of the surroundings, then,
there is a shot of the Lodhi garden."
"At a point in the film, the architect from World
Bank, explains how he selected the architect and the brief for the building
design. Then my father appears in the film, giving a general idea of the
design concept. I show him, making sketches and explaining how the design
was done. I show him, talking to the model maker, who then works on the
model. There are shots of my father meeting the senior architects and
the engineers. And, then finally, the final image of the design appears
on the computer screen. The idea was that the film would show the process
of design to non-architects as well."
"The next sequence is on the workers, the stone
workers from Rajsthan - their traditions, master craftsmen cutting stone,
carving and cladding them, we then zoom back and show the entire building
in its finished state. Then, there is an architectural exploration of
the outside and the inside, the courtyard the workstations, the sunken
garden their connections, the idea of transparencies, miniatures, old
buildings, I haven't done any dissolve in this; I have kept it straight
because dissolves are very expensive. Then I show the building in the
Lodhi Garden, the dome, vault, the curves and the comparison with the
World Bank building."
" Finally, there is sequence on the technological
aspect of the building its intelligent computerized systems and eventually
the finished building with the furniture and the artwork. It ends with
one of the secretaries in the building. She says it is very good "Manu
laughs and confides, "may be the World Bank told her what to say."