After The Namesake, Sooni gears up for her debut
While Mira Nair’s The Namesake gears up for release in India, the film’s screenplay writer Sooni Taraporevala is soon making her directorial debut. Titled Little Zizou, the film is being produced by Nair and Studio 18.
Talking about her maiden directorial venture, Taraporevala says, “Set in Mumbai, Little Zizou is a film seen through the eyes of a child. But it’s not a children’s film. I wrote the story in just 20 days.” The cast is yet to be finalised. The shooting will begin in the next couple of months.
Sandeep Bhargava of Studio 18 says, “When we chose to get into film production, our priority was to make films which would reach a larger global audience.
“The subject of Little Zizou is interesting and appealed to our sensibilities and the kinds of films we’d like to produce,” Bhargava added.
Taraporevala, who wrote screenplays for Nair’s Salaam Bombay, has also written Mississippi Masala, Such A Long Journey, My Own Country and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.
Taraporevala has won about 25 awards, including the Osella award for Best Screenplay at the 1991 Venice Film Festival for Mississipi Masala.