Tisca Chopra is raring to go. Her recently released short film received positive response, and she is now working on producing and co-writing a feature film. A self-professed fan of movies that give you fodder for thought, Tisca feels women need to tell stories that they want to be a part of. The actor, who has worked with several prominent personalities in the industry, including Aamir Khan in Taare Zameen Par (2007), says she wants to learn more about film-making now.
Watch: Jame Raho from Taare Zameen Par featuring Tisca Chopra
In one of your interviews, you said you are “unslottable”. What did you mean?
I feel people are too eager to slot actors, as it makes them comfortable. We have a formula and structure for making films, although that practiced is not used as often these days. Actresses, particularly, are positioned in four slots -- the babe, bhabhi (sister-in-law), beeji (mom) and the vamp. These roles don’t cover what being a woman in India means. People feel that if we talk about real women in films, it will turn into an art film. If it is written well, it won’t. Like, Priyanka (Chopra) and Anushka (Sharma) started producing films to narrate stories that they wanted to tell. I think it’s important that women are taking the bull by its horns.
How do you look back at your journey?
I have had long periods of no work. There were times when I was offered roles that weren’t the least bit exciting. Perhaps, that happens with most actors. We wait for the next good project to come along. I feel I am at the beginning of my career. There are so many characters that I want to play. In fact, there is so much to do that I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface.
How was the response to your short film?
Overwhelming. I knew it would appeal to a nuanced audience and would be liked critically, but I didn’t expect such a response. People from big and small cities both have loved it. We had a magnificent team working with us. Everyone brought their understanding to the film and collaborated on it.
Watch: Tisca Chopra’s short film Chutney
What are you planning next?
I am writing a script for a feature film with a director-friend, who I can’t name right now. I have worked with him in the past and want him to direct the film I will produce. I have never written fiction or for the small screen, but the process of writing my short film was so much fun. I might even direct in the future. I have a script in mind for that. Although I have learnt a lot from the talented actors and film-makers I have worked with over the years, including Aamir [Khan], Ram Gopal Varma, Madhur Bhandarkar, and Anup Singh Batla (who directed Qissa (2014) etc.), but I want to learn a bit more about film-making