By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, Nov 22 (IANS) After making a mark in the West, Shekhar Kapur is eager to make films in Mumbai again and will re-start his Bollywood journey by reviving "Time Machine". But he says the bigger reason for shifting base is his seven-year-old daughter Kaveri.
"I long to make all those films that I wanted to make in Mumbai years ago and was stopped by well-wishers who said, 'You think much ahead of time.' When I made 'Mr. India', I was told, 'Who'd see 'Invisible Man' in India?' But it was very successful. Now I'm reviving my old 'Time Machine', though I'll only be producing it," Kapur told IANS.
His sequel to "Elizabeth" has intrigued, angered and fascinated Western audiences."I've taken up the story from where the first film ended six years ago. It isn't an easy thing to do. Everybody in the West wants to know why certain elements in the first Elizabeth film are not there in the second. But it's the studio that controls the script.
"My personal subtext for the story was this - if you say you're divine then how do you avoid worldly things like falling in love, having sex, babies - how can these urges be controlled? How do you interpret divine rights? I notice politicians today have begun to believe they have the divine right to make decisions on people's behalf.
"I now understand why (US President) George Bush went to war against Iraq. He believed he was doing the just thing because a lot of people around him believe that a battle between Islam and Christianity is on the cards. That's what they're getting ready for. And that belief in divine rights and justice is one of the themes of my film."
The release of his elegiac, stately, serene and often sublime "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" has brought Bollywood's most prized import, Kapur, back to his roots.
"Yes, I'm here to promote my film. I've been with the film all over the world, Australia being my last stopover," said Kapur, who now wants to spend quality time with daughter Kaveri.
Talking about his daughter, Kapur said: "We now have the huge responsibility of bringing up our daughter. At the moment my highest priority in life - much higher than making movies - is to give my daughter a sense of security. For now Suchitra and I share the same house, until we work out another arrangement. The financial arrangements have been made."
Kapur doesn't want to miss out on Kaveri's growing years any more.
"When she was born she lived with me in London for three years. After that I was travelling and filming. So, yes, I did miss out on a part of her growing up. As a father I feel it's my responsibility to make it up to her. You know there's a tradition in all families of fathers going out on bread-earning adventures and missing out on their children's childhood. I want to change that. I want to develop a relationship with Kaveri and get to know her.
"While I've been travelling across the world, Kaveri would come along, be with me during holidays. She was with me in Turkey for the film festival and now Kaveri is coming along with me to Goa."
Kaveri has just got a dog and she's busy playing with it. "The affection for me has now been deflected to the dog. But that's okay," said the proud father.
Kapur's ex-wife Suchitra was quite bitter about their parting and he is reluctant to talk about her.
"What's important right now is that we both behave like very responsible parents. We're divorced and leading our own separate lives. Hopefully, one day we'll find the happiness that we're both seeking in our lives. That's the time when the angst will evaporate. But we have to remember that when we have a child we have an incredible responsibility."