She tasted success with her debut venture Luck By Chance, and now she is ready with another project starring Farhan Akhtar. The filmmaker thinks that there is more scope for experimenting as the palette of Indian cinema is changing. Srishti Jha catches up with the director at the ongoing Osian's film festival in New Delhi.
You come from an immensely talented family. Did that help you in getting your way through Bollywood?
Nothing is easy for anyone in this industry. It's not that if you have loads of talented people in your family, that it'll endow you with talent in any way. You have to work your way out. But yes, of course there are certain perks attached to it. You get access to a lot of people because they know where you are coming from. Media attention is also something which gets tagged along easily when you come from a known family. But no one does anything for you just because of your name. You have to earn it. If they like you, they like you but if they don't like you, they can kill you.
Which genres would you like to try as a filmmaker?
I would like to try everything possible. Whichever story turns me on, I would go for it. To have a perspective to the story idea is extremely important. It could be anything like drama, humour, action, but there should be a proper subject matter and a perception to it.
Your debut film Luck By Chance did very well commercially. How important is box-office success for you?
I want everything. I want my films to do well on both commercial as well as entertainment terms. My audience should like it both ways. I want my work to be accepted on all terms.
Any plans of pursuing acting in the long run?
No ways. I am just not good at it. I will stick to my direction work.
Are you working on a new project right now?
Yes, I am working on a new movie. It's a coming of age film. I have decided to cast Farhan in one of the roles. The movie will go on the floor in April hopefully.
What is the most important thing that you keep in mind while directing a film?
One has to be open. You basically should act like a filter. A lot of plans must be getting in but what you actually need should just stay in and the rest should filter out. If you are open to whatsoever is going on, you can fly with it.
Any actor/actress you would really like to work with?
There are just too many. I adore a lot of them. But if some names have to be taken then I would say, Kareena, Naseeruddin Shah, Shah Rukh...I just can't take names. There is a big list.
How has your journey been till now?
It wasn't like a rock path and I wasn't tortured either. I just wanted to make a movie which was a process, a journey in itself. All in all, it was great.
How do you see New stream cinema?
I don't like the term new stream cinema. It's more about the new stream audience. Cinema is an artistic medium, an expensive medium of expressing our mindsets and the way we look at things. Cinema has always been around and has represented its audience in all times. It's all about a good balance between art and commerce. The cinema should be defining and there should be lot of focus on the theme. That leads to a good connection with the new stream audience.
What would be your take on the changing perspective of Indian cinema?
Well, as I said earlier, it's the changing perspective of the Indian audience. If you take care of what people want, you will also get what you want from them. Now the palette of Indian cinema is changing. There is a major shift to it. Our viewers are looking for fresh stuff. The perspective is changing in both the terms.