Director Ritesh Menon says it was a dream to have filmmaker Prakash Jha as the producer of his first film Crazy Cukkad Familyas he gave him creative freedom.
The comedy film, starring lyricist-composer Swanand Kirkire in
his lead acting debut, Chak De!actress Shilpa
Shukla, Kushal Punjabi and Siddharth Sharma is produced by
Rajneetidirector's Prakash Jha Productions.
Ritesh said he could not believe his luck when Jha approved his
script and decided to back it.
"Prakash Jha is every new director's dream. I had taken my
script to many producers but it did not work out but one day I sent
it to Prakash Jha office and I got a call in the afternoon itself
that he wanted to meet me to discuss the film."
"He gave me full freedom to work the way I wanted to. He was
always involved but never interfered. He trusted me," Ritesh told
Crazy Cukkad Familyis a humorous take on the
inter-personal relationships within a family. The director
developed the story from an idea by Punjabi. Menon had not intended
it to make a comedy but it turned out to be one because of its
"I knew it was an entertaining story, I had narrated it to some
of my friends and they enjoyed it so I felt like telling the story
but I did not think like I had to develop it as a comedy. The
situations, dialogues and characters in the film are funny. I am
hopeful people will accept the movie," he said.
Ritesh credited his footing in the industry by assisting
cinematographer-director Santosh Sivan with whom he worked in films
like Tahaanand Before the Rains.
"Whatever I am today, it is because of Santosh Sivan. He has
been a great mentor. I was not only an assistant director for
Tahaan, I even wrote the film and only because he
"He used to make me write a couple of scenes every day from
seven in the morning till the evening. Though I cribbed then, I am
grateful to him today for making me slog out. That gave me a better
understanding of filmmaking and now I have some good work to show
in my resume," Ritesh said.
Crazy Cukkad Family releases on January 16.