Author-director Tahira Kashyap Khurrana is slowly however progressively creating an area for herself in Bollywood along with her writing and filmmaking. Hearken to Tahira converse in an unique interview with ETimes, the place she expresses her want to jot down extra about women and make them part of the mainstream narrative. Excerpts…
You talked about that you’re at the moment obsessive about ladies’s tales. What else are you drawn to on the subject of tales?
I’m really obsessive about ladies and tales revolving round them. I name myself a feminist who believes in equality. I’ve additionally written loads about protagonists who’re males. Nonetheless, on the subject of tales about ladies, I really feel not sufficient has been stated and written about them. After we hear about tales associated to ladies, we take into consideration tragedies, she is admittedly aggressive or she is on the market to protest. We’ve got very stereotypical pictures and roles for girls. I really feel they’ve a complete new aspect to themselves which is quirky, humorous, and humorous, on the similar time significant. I really feel a variety of tales are amiss and which is why I really like writing extra about them.
Different actors you need to work with?
There are a lot of names however earlier than I get there, I additionally need to work with some recent expertise in our business. A few of them have grow to be big names whereas some others are nonetheless developing. So I don’t need to restrict myself as I need to work with solely sure actors.
Having stated that, everyone has a dream and I all the time needed to work with Kajol, Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, and Anushka Sharma. Even in males, there’s Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. I believe it’s everyone’s dream to work with them. There’s a variety of time for that and I don’t know if I ever can be. It might be my success if I can work with all these names.
Amongst administrators whose work are you keen on?
I actually love how Nitesh Tiwari works on his scripts and the way in which he directs. Rajkumar Hirani, Imtiaz Ali, Zoya Akhtar, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Sharat Kataria – these are the administrators that I actually look as much as.
Filmmaking is dominated by males. What challenges do you suppose ladies face to make their mark within the business?
It’s not simply the business that I’m speaking about. The business doesn’t function in seclusion or isolation. A girl who’s coming to the set is not only coming to the units, she has a complete lot of life which is exterior of the equally difficult movie business. The ladies that I’ve seen within the business – the DoPs, the administrators, the HoDs after they return house, in addition they should handle their children and the menu on the home. They’re working an equal quantity of hours however this factor of girls managing home entrance wholly- that has to alter. That may be a nice problem even in a well-educated set-up so I believe that it requires an equal quantity of contribution from each women and men.
On-field, issues have actually grow to be higher. I’m directing in age or time the place individuals are really taking a look at scripts and expertise and they aren’t fascinated by their gender as such. No less than I’ve come throughout such individuals. Having stated that, I’m wanting ahead to the day after they cease saying “feminine director’ and “male director”. It ought to simply be a director or a scriptwriter. However for that day to come back, you want sufficient ladies taking these positions. We’ve got come a great distance which is a constructive factor.
Bollywood has misplaced two iconic actors – Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor- your ideas on the identical.
Generations have seen Rishi Kapoor’s work. From ‘Bobby’ to ‘Kapoor & Sons’ now we have cherished him in all these movies. Irrfan Khan in ‘Piku’ and ‘The Lunch Field’, he was a tremendous artist. It’s a big loss to the business. My coronary heart goes out to their households. All I do know is that they each fought and so they fought properly. It’s an irreparable loss. They are going to all the time be missed. They’ve carried out some actually incredible work to not simply encourage this era however the subsequent era and generations to come back.