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A trusted driver must deal with his dead boss's Muslim mistress, her dark past pulling him into a life-and-death showdown with her notorious gangster cousin/ex-husband.
Directed by Mitu Misra
Questions to the Director: Mitu Misra and the cinematographer: Santosh Sivan
Lia Fietz sat down with the makers of Lies we tell for this Q&A
Q. To Mitu & Santosh – How did you come across each other to work on Lies We Tell.
A. We spent a long time trying to find a suitable director until Mani Ratnam introduced me to Santosh Sivan, India’s most prominent DOP and an experienced Director. Santosh read the script and agreed to join us and eventually he insisted that I must direct the film, even though he knew I had never even been on a set before.
Q. Santosh: As veteran filmmaker, tell us about the most difficult scene to shoot and why.
A. The wedding sequence, it involved hundreds of extras in costume, cars worth millions of pounds, a marching band, horses, dancers, drones, cranes, traffic & unfavourable light.
Q. Mitu: You also wrote the story, what was the biggest challenge in directing the film?
A. Everything was new to me – so dealing with the actors and coming to terms with everything that happens on a film set presented its own challenges.
Q. How did you find the stars Sibylla Deen and Jan Uddin?
A. It was difficult. We knew exactly what we were looking for and searched beyond the usual avenues. It took hundreds and hundreds of taped auditions before finding Sibylla and Jan.
Q. You also have internationally well-known actors, such as Gabriel Byrne and Harvey Keitel. How did you get them involved?
A. Gabriel and Harvey both loved the script as well as the passion and drive behind the project.
Q. Mitu: The film deals with a lot of socio-cultural issues, such as migrants growing up in England, forced marriage, male dominating society, very present topics at these times. Was it your goal to have a political subject in the film?
A. The goal was to tell a story and we were conscious, even at the script stage, to avoid being ‘preachy’. Conversely, we didn’t sugar coated anything to make it more palatable. (See Director’s bio. for detailed reasons that the film was made )
Q. What are you hopeful to bring with Lies We Tell?
A. For people of both sides of the culture to understand each others dynamics.
Q. Mitu & Santosh - What advice can you give to aspiring filmmakers?
A. The glamour business is tougher than it looks but if you have something that fires your passion and refuses to go away, stay with it and never give up.
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