Dibakar Banerjee and producer Ekta Kapoor to team up again

Mumbai, July 31 (Calcutta Tube) After the luminously lauded ‘Love Sex Aur Dhoka’ (LSD), the unlikely duo of director Dibakar Banerjee and producer Ekta Kapoor are all set to come together again for what promises to be the most intense love story of 2011.

Apparently, Dibakar wrote a new love story specially for Ekta’s Balaji Films and presented it to her as a belated birthday gift (Ekta turned a year older June 7).

Irresistible is how Dibakar Banerjee describes his collaboration with Ekta Kapoor.

‘See, Ekta is dream producer. When we came together for LSD, we never thought we’d be able to work so well together. She gave me a free rein. I was in a totally happy frame of mind making LSD. Even if its impact was not what it is, I’d have still gone back to Ekta to make a film,’ Dibakar says.

At home with his newly-adopted daughter Ira, Dibakar is now domesticated and in a mellow frame of mind, quietly penning the love story for his demanding producer.

However, Ekta had a pre-condition for Dibakar.

‘She wanted me to return to her only when I’ve a true-blue love story to make,’ said the director of acclaimed movies like ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ and ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’

The love story will go on the floor in the second-half of 2011. For now, Dibakar watches LSD acquire a life of its own. He left for the Melbourne International Film Festival Tuesday where LSD is being screened along with Aamir Khan’s ‘Peepli Live’ and Abhishek Choubey’s ‘Ishqiya’ in the ‘Not Quite Bollywood’ section.

Says the enthused director: ‘It is quite a triumph for Indian cinema to have different kind of films being recognized. But we have a long struggle ahead.’

However, he regrets not having his producer Ekta Kapoor along. Immersed in the release of her new film ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’, Ekta has regrettably given the honour a miss.

Dibakar and LSD’s associate producer Priya Aven would also be participating in a discussion on digital cinema at the festival.

And if you think Dibakar’s trip to Melbourne is all about work, he’s also taking his wife and daughter Ira along.

‘If I don’t find ways of spending time with Ira, I’d soon be left with no time for her,’ Dibakar says.

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