Shabana to try her hand at direction? | india | Hindustan Times
  • Saturday, Jun 23, 2018
  •   °C  
Today in New Delhi, India
Jun 23, 2018-Saturday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

Shabana to try her hand at direction?

She is open to the idea but it has to be a compelling story. She would like to cast Kareena Kapoor in her film. WEF honours Shabana

india Updated: Mar 13, 2006 19:41 IST

Shabana Azmi has been bugged by an acute back pain of late, but the veteran actress has enough beans left in her to flirt with the idea of directing a movie.

Even though Shabana Azmi finds acting much more comfortable than directing, the acclaimed actress says she is open to direction. But the film has to be a human story that touches her.

"Once in a while, I flirt with the idea of direction. I've to find a story I want to direct. And I don't want the burden of a socially responsible film - burden that I can't bear. If I direct, it would be a human story that touches me. I'm nervous of forcing myself into making a socially relevant film," the veteran actor said in an interview.

Excerpts:

You're lucky to get roles that do justice to your talent.
Filmmaking isa collaborative business. A writer writes it and a director develops the vision and takes on a team he wants. Actors get credit above the rest because theirs in the most visible work. In their hearts, all actors know that others are covering up their weakness and highlighting their strengths.

In theatre, an actor is on his own, no matter how much she's propped by the director and others. In that sense, theatre is much more an actor's medium. I'm grateful to the hundreds on the set who help me do my best work possible.

Even though Shabana Azmi finds acting much more comfortable than directing, the acclaimed actress says she is open to direction. But the film has to be a human story that touches her.

So when are you directing a film?


It's so easy being an actor. Why should I put my head on the chopper? Mahesh Bhatt once told me that direction is about having a dream and then watching it crumble. Why should I watch my dream crumble? But once in a while, I flirt with the idea of direction. I've to find a story I want to direct. And I don't want the burden of a socially responsible film - burden that I can't bear. If I direct, it would be a human story that touches me. I'm nervous of forcing myself into making a socially relevant film.

Will you cast yourself?
Impossible! There is no question about that. If I direct, I wouldn't cast myself.

Whom would you cast?
Someone like Kareena Kapoor. She's a very, very special girl. In JP Dutta's LOC, I fell in love with one shot of hers. She stunned me.

You sound so charged?
I think acting by itself is a rewarding profession. It allows you to inhabit other people's lives. Imagine how much it adds to your experiences. For Ankur, the 20-year old Shabana Azmi walked into a village in Andhra Pradesh that she had never seen, then so many years later she plays Anu in 15 Park Avenue. She adds all she had learnt over the years to her character.

Do you see yourself as an achiever?
I see myself as an actor who has been lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time.

Oh, I've heard that one before.
But it's true! I've been singularly lucky. What I've done so far as an actor is like a writer learning the alphabet. But I think I've just achieved the minimum required of an actor. What's thrilling is that the thrill of acting has still not gone. I feel the same butterfly in the stomach when I've to inhabit another character's life.

This was the first year in years when Javed Akhtar wasn't nominated for the best lyricist award.
Yes. Javed was supposed to give away another award. He insisted on giving Gulzar Saab the award. And Gulzar Saab threw such a line at Javed - 'I'm glad you're not in the nominations list'. Only a writer can think of such a clever line so quickly.

You're the most awarded actor of this country. Does the lifetime achievement mean that much?
I think the lifetime achievement award is significant because your work over the years is being appreciated. But in recent times, the other special award was the Davos award where I was put on the same level as Pablo Coehlo and Umberto Eco, and I received it along with Michael Douglas. So I guess these two awards thrilled me quite a lot.