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Shabana to try her hand at direction?

She is open to the idea but it has to be a compelling story. WEF honours Shabana

india Updated: Mar 13, 2006 14:29 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.