Zoya Akhtar, whose last box office hit was Dil Dhadakne Do (2015), is now the community ambassador of a premium English movie channel. Here, the director talks about why she wants to adapt and direct someone else’s script, and her upcoming web series.
Have you been approached to direct any television shows?
Actually, Reema Kagti (director) and I have been writing two web series. But the scripts for these shows are still in a nascent stage. So, let’s see how things work out.
Why have you been picky about directing films?
I’m not picky about directing films. I just have to find the right subject, because I write my own work. So, it takes me a while.
How long does it take to finalise an idea or a script?
It depends. I took me a long time — about a year and a half — to make Luck By Chance (2009), since it was the first film I wrote and directed. Reema and I wrote Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) in about three-and-half months. Dil Dhadakne Do took longer because the film-making process took time.
Would you ever direct a script that has not been penned by you?
I’m actually interested in adapting someone else’s script. When you write your own film, you’ve already put your point of view in that piece of work. I wonder how it will be if I didn’t have that first expression — when you just take a script, adapt it and make it your own. But, when I write a story, I always want to direct it myself.