Girly diary: part 2
Chandigarh girl Tishaa Khosla releases her ‘high drama’ sequel, Pink or Black 2; talks to HT City about writing and directing her Bollywood flick.chandigarh Updated: Dec 18, 2012 10:26 IST
With the ultimate goal of writing and directing Bollywood movies, Tishaa Khosla (22), penned her first book, Pink or Black, at the age of 16, which went on to become a bestseller. “The novel was based on my school years at The Lawrence School, Sanawar, and I became the youngest author to be nominated in the fiction category of Golden Quill Awards (2009), amongst big names such as Amitav Ghosh and Chetan Bhagat,” says a proud Tishaa.
In Chandigarh, the charming young author launched the sequel to her famous Pink or Black at Pewter Room, Sector 26, claiming it to be a light, entertaining filmy drama. “I have studied filmmaking at New York Film Academy, Los Angeles, as my dream has always been to write and direct films.
After the third sequel [Pink or Black 3] comes out, I plan to club all three books in one script and present it in the avatar of a film,” says Tishaa, who wants to let go of the ‘Pink or Black’ tag for the film. “Pink or Black doesn’t make for a catchy title of a commercial film. I haven’t come up with a name yet; I just know for sure that it’s going to be my directorial debut,” she shares.
The Chandigarh girl made her debut as an assistant director with the film Bodyguard, and is now residing in Mumbai. “I have assisted another Bollywood film, the name of which I can’t disclose right now, as it’s set to release next year.”
Tagging her writing style ‘original’, the young author, who takes inspiration from Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde and Shakespeare, says, “It’s all me, at my natural best; I don’t copy anyone. If people think my writing is inspired by a Victorian setting and has Jane Austen’s flavour, I’d take that as a compliment. My novel just has an Indian setting with a modern touch.”
Tishaa, however, makes it very clear that her book is not a piece of literature, as she says, “It’s the story of a girl, Tiana. This character has been loved by many, as her story is easy to relate to.”
Tishaa believes that as a writer, she has grown immensely since her first book. “Today, when I read my first novel, I am surprised. I ask myself ‘Did I actually think this way back then? I could have done more with my character.’ The readers would be able to make out the growth in the sequel. And to grow further, I would next experiment with thrillers, as I’m on to reading Sidney Sheldon these days,” she concludes.