Rakeysh turned recluse to prepare for 'BMB'
Panaji: It is not only Farhan Akhtar who went through months of rigorous training for 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag', but Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra also prepared himself for the movie by cutting himself off from modern technology and living in a village for weeks.
The 49-year-old's new project is a biopic on legendary athlete Milkha Singh, also known as The Flying Sikh. It is based in the 1940s and '60s and Mehra says to understand the mood of the nation at the time he put himself away from the world and lived alone for a long time.
"For me getting under the skin of the character is very important. To recreate the era of 1940s and '60s in the movie is not easy. I took off TV connection for a month, went minimalistic on email, changed my number so that not many can call me and went on to live in a village called Firozpur to understand the mood of the nation.
"It is very important to understand the emotions of people especially when the Partition was going on. I wanted to understand the character inside out," Mehra said on the sidelines of NFDC Film Bazaar at IFFI.
The movie is coming after a gap of four years for Mehra, whose last release 'Delhi 6' failed to create magic at the box office. The director says after 'Delhi 6' bombed he was heartbroken and took some time to come out of the vacuum.
"There is anger when movies don't work, where you feel nobody understands you. Moreover, it breaks your heart when you realize people have rejected you work.
"First few months you live in denial and it is only after some time you start accepting it," he added.