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Master of many arts: Aradhana Seth

brunch Updated: Nov 06, 2011 12:02 IST
Veenu Singh
Veenu Singh
Hindustan Times
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Since ‘production designer’ doesn’t sound that glamorous, we simply decided to call Aradhana Seth a ‘filmmaker’ for the purposes of this interview. Then we realised there’s more to her: she’s a photographer, director, installation artist and also, author Vikram Seth’s sister. Seth has dabbled in decidedly erudite pursuits like investigating architectural history. She has also worked on films like Deepa Mehta’s Earth and Fire and Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited. Which, in our book, makes her super interesting.

Catch her first exhibition, Everyone Carries A Room About Inside, her take on ‘space,’ from November 7 to December 8 at Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai.

One word that describes you best?


If a traffic constable hauled you up, what would you do?

Confuse him.

Your first kiss was…


You get high on?

A new idea, a new frame, a little detail and colour palettes.

A place where you would like to be lost for a month?

A gadget-free beach.

A tune you can’t get out of your head?

Aik Alif by Saieen Zahoor.

What did you do with your first paycheque?

Bought something for my mother.

The one law you would break if you could get away with it?

The airport baggage scanners.

Do you love Luv Storys?

Moonstruck by them!!!

If you could have chosen your own name, what would you have chosen?

I will stay with mine.

Aradhana SethShare a secret with us… you can trust us, we’ll only print it!

I’m very ticklish.

You are late for work and all the roads are jammed. Choose a mode of transport: a cycle, a horse or a skateboard. Why?

Skateboard – a big sense of freedom, mobility, manoeuverability and fun.

Earth’s crowded and chock full of trash. Choose another planet.

Planet X, the new planet.

Choose: Air India or Indian Railways.

Indian Railways. I spent many months on The Darjeeling Limited.

What makes your day?

Small gestures. Little things.

What screws it up?

Nagging and people snapping.

Love is…

...permanent impermanence. Impermanent permanence.

The last time you rode on a bus?

The red bus. The airport shuttle at Goa airport.

The weirdest thing that ever went into your mouth?

My foot!

Your favourite freedom fighter?

Che Guevara.

The colour ‘pink’ for you is...

Pink flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) in Yucatán, Mexico.

The last movie that made you cry?

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly, directed by Julian Schnabel. It’s a translation of the French memoir Le scaphandre et le papillon by journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby.

If you were the last person left on earth, what would you do?

Initially, I would drive around to figure out if I am really the last person! Wouldn’t you? Then explore. Experiment and make stuff with anything that I felt like creating. Photographing and filming, listening to the sounds of nature.

Life in the fast food lane: choose your menu
sushi and sashmi, miso soup

Which superhero would you like to be and why?
Flash, because he can get anywhere in a flash!

If you could have had a star perform at your wedding. who would it be?
Bob Dylan. If music be the food of love, play on!

From HT Brunch, November 6

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