Sanjay Mishra talks to Lipika Varma about ‘Saare Jahaan Se Mehnga’
Sanjay Mishra returns to the celluloid with another ‘aam aadmi’ kind of a story. “The film is a satire on the daily grind of a common man and his various struggles to enjoy life with meagre resources. It is a story of a middle class Indian who has to think twice before he wants to shop. The intriguing tale reveals about the living conditions of a man in this unequal distribution of budget especially in India,” he says.
He adds, “My character in the film is called Puttan Pal whose life is a struggle to make both ends meet. As in real life, we come up with inventive ideas in order to derive pleasure at the minimum expenses, this character too tries it all on screen which you need to watch and enjoy and take away a few.”
On choosing to work with the makers again he says, “I opted for this film, as the makers of ‘Phas Gaye Re Obama’ came up to me and their first film proved to be a successful film had earned me lots of applauses from all over the place. So, in a way I owe them a lot. The producer, Ashok Pandey is a thorough professional. He never interferes in anyone’s work and gives total freedom to his creative and production teams. There is always a very friendly atmosphere on his sets and the whole unit is like a family.”
On future films he say, “At the moment I can reveal only about two movies — ‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’ and ‘Aankhon Dekhi.'”
He talks about inflation and adds, “My character Puttan Pal has given a very good solution to the problem of inflation. But to know what that is you will have to watch the movie ‘Saare Jahaan Se Mehnga’. (Smiles) Only then will you be able to fight out the mehengai smilingly.”
On comparisons with Manoj Kumar’s ‘Mehengai Margayi’ in the seventies he says, “Yes! I feel proud about the fact that ‘der aaye durust aaye’ at least now I am associated with a film which gives away the message of ‘Mehengai’ which a million
dollar question in the lives of every poor as well as middle class Indian.”