Day five of the interactive session at the International Film Festival of India ended with a session on ‘The Emerging Filmmakers of India.’ The session featured Aditya Dhar and Malayalam filmmaker Manu Ashokan. Both their directorial debuts, Uri: The Surgical Strike and Uyare respectively became extremely popular with the audience and netted huge numbers at the box office.
Talking about how he deals with the pressure that comes with making good films, Aditya said, “I enjoy the pressure, as it keeps you on your toes all the time. It also pushes you to give your 100 percent to an extent that you can’t take it easy.”
Giving credit to his background in sports, he added, “Apart from theatre and music, I was also into sports a lot and it teaches you how to cope with pressure. So, I can tell you that I am enjoying this phase. When anyone asks me whether I am feeling the pressure (following the success of his directorial debut), I tell them, ‘Yes, I am feeling it, but I am also enjoying it as it’s pushing me to create something extraordinary’.”