||A lot of architects worldwide know about
Chandigarh. Its like a piligrimage point for any young architect.
Manu Rewal interviewed by Amitabh Revi
and Nidhi Razdan
STAR TV July 22, 2001.
Why did you choose architecture
as the theme ?
Well, first of all, there are very few films
on architecture. I was born in a family where everyone is an architect.
So it was a natural choice in a way. But I was also quite curious about
it. I had done a lot of theatre, a lot of studies on art, so I got interested
in it when I came back after my studies in Europe.
Your latest project in
India-Le Corbusier in India, could you tell us more about that? Actually,
I had done a series for Doordarshan at one time and one of the films was
on Chandigarh. It was a half-hour film and it didnt quite satisfy
me, because in a half-an-hour film, you cant really go much in depth.
I thought I could go to France and see what they had over there, about
this whole experience of Corbusier in India. And it was a very important
thing, because that was his most important work, and its not very
well known outside India and within India also, its not very well
known. So, I thought it would be nice to get into it, and it was really
Many people would say architecture is a very passive
and dull subject. How do you make sure that your documentaries are different
and in fact, make architecture more appealing and eye-catching
Well I look at it from different angels; from the
point of view of the user, from the point of view of the architect, from
the point of view also of the symbolic value of a building for everyone.
For example, in the buildings in Chandigarh, it was the capital city;
we had the parliament, which has to represent democracy. And how do you
represent democracy ? Le Corbusier found a really original solution for
that problem and I think its been an inspiration for architects
ever since. A lot architects worldwide know about Chandigarh. Its
like a pilgrimage point for any young architect. The solutions he gave
were brilliant. But we dont know about it, and thats why I
made the film, because its good that people get to know about these
things. We live within architecture; architecture is around you and yet
we dont see it. And it influences us in many ways, may be unconsciously
we feel it, but if we are conscious about it, then its value increases
And how conscious are
you about the fact that most, if not all your fims make an entry into
film festivals. How important is that for a film ?
I think its very important, because first
of all, from an artistic point of view, you get to see other filmmakers
work. And if it is international, its even better, because then
you have perspectives from different countries and different ways of the
making films and then from a business point of view also, its very
important because you realize that in some countries, there are big television
companies which are giving a lot of money to their film makers to do these
kind of films, and in other countries, you have to scrounge for the money
So having international contacts can help you.