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Director Meghna Gulzar tells Hiren Kotwani that she doesn't make films under commercial compulsions.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2007 13:28 IST

Nicknamed Bosky, she’s a woman who knows exactly what she wants, and that is to make cinema which she believes in. Cinema that is accessible to every viewer and which celebrates an individualistic certain sense and sensibility.

At this very moment, she is at the editing console, nipping and tucking her second film Just Married.

Her eyes flashback to the Sharmilee Raakhee’s and she has that self-effacing demeanour of dad Gulzar. You would think that she would be at a tizzy since you’ve barged into the Prime Focus studio early evening.

It’s been three years since your debut film Filhaal. So here’s the inevitable kick-off question, why the gap?
It’s been four years actually. Maybe it’s all about meeting the right people at the right time. When you’re making a movie which doesn’t fall into the conventional slot, it’s a must to get to the right producer and actors. Meanwhile, it wasn’t as if I was doing nothing.

I was writing scripts, putting them into a bank so to speak, shooting music videos, and writing a book on my father. Fortunately, there has been no creative intervention on either of my two films.

Do you think star children have it easier when they aspire towards acting, rather than direction like you did?
No, star children if you want to call them that, don’t have it easy in any profession they opt for. Of course, if you have illustrious parents, there will be high expectations from you. If you look at this pessimistically, you are under pressure. If you look at this situation optimistically, then it’s an encouragement.

Honestly, it doesn’t matter who your parents are. Proving yourself in any profession takes some doing, it isn’t easy. Wasn’t the subject of Filhaal surrogate motherhood very complex to handle.

And there were those reports that there was friction between its two leading ladies Tabu and Sushmita Sen.

Where did this come from?
If there were any problems between Tabu and Sushmita, it was only between the characters they were portraying.

The story had grey areas, so it was complicated naturally. The script demanded a clash between Tabu and Sushmita. At the end of the day, I met my target audience. They appreciated the film, which wanted to say something valid.

Are there any elements in Just Married which you have borrowed from your own life?
None at all. I didn’t have an arranged marriage. The story has been sourced in my imagination entirely.

I wasn’t married when I wrote Filhaal and it was about having babies. In the case of Just Married, the notion of a young man and woman during the first few days of their marriage fascinated me tremendously.

First Published: Jan 12, 2007 13:28 IST