A couple of piercing eyes bore directly into mine, sizing me up during the display screen, her robust presence — even the place she has hardly ever any discussion — a great foil to her diminutive determine. As Ramandeep Braitch, the steely-eyed leader minister of Punjab in Irada, she is a handful, and simply essentially the most attention-grabbing persona within the movie. In response to the most cancers epidemic within the state, the mystery additionally options veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi but it surely’s the feisty Divya Dutta who has my undivided consideration. Sadly Ramandeep merits extra — extra display screen time, extra traces, a greater etched-out persona, a reputable plot. And even though she did convey house a Nationwide Award for Divya Dutta, within the Easiest Supporting Actress class previous this 12 months, it’s not at all the primary time Dutta’s had the viewer sit down up and take understand. Through the years, we’ve got observed the petite actor turn into right into a shrewd publicist (Heroine, 2012), a foul-mouthed sweeper (Delhi 6, 2009), an unscrupulous college major (Chalk N Duster, 2016), the quintessential Punjabi kudi (Veer-Zaara, 2004), a doting sister (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, 2013), an alcoholic (Blackmail, 2018) and lots extra — various avatars that allowed her to check herself and shine.
None of it got here simple or speedy. Breaking into what’s indubitably nonetheless a male-dominated business with none backing isn’t any imply feat however within the mid ’90s, when meaty roles for ladies had been an absolute rarity, it got here with its personal set of issues. On the time, girls had been systematically objectified, each on display screen and in actual lifestyles by the use of casting couches (the location used to be a lot the similar in Hollywood, because the Harvey Weinstein scandal laid naked). They had been temporarily typecast, paid a fragment in their male co-star’s charge and now not thought to be bankable sufficient to hold a movie on their shoulders. On best of that, no matter roles did exist for ladies had been in large part observed completely throughout the male gaze: as a damsel in misery wanting rescuing, a loyal spouse, a spoilt wealthy brat who would must be tamed, a scantily-clad merchandise lady to be ogled at and so forth. However what made it infinitely more difficult for Dutta is that she didn’t play through any of the principles that had been, through then, roughly set in stone. Difficult the established order — itself a mirrored image of a bigger systemic downside — Dutta dodged provides the place she can be relegated to a cliche and be pressured to play 2nd mess around to her male co-star or take at the mantle of a traditional heroine anticipated to titillate the hundreds.
Within the closing decade, she has been a part of numerous fashionable motion pictures together with a film paeanizing the tradition and variety of our capital town, a much-loved tale about a little bit boy, a semi-fictionalised account of the movie business, a heist movie, a sports activities biopic, a revenge mystery and a black comedy. Specifically Delhi 6, Stanley Ka Dabba (2011), Heroine, Particular 26 (2013), Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Badlapur (2015) and Blackmail, along stars like Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Akshay Kumar, Farhan Akhtar, Varun Dhawan and Irrfan. Irrespective, any Bollywood buff price his salt would know that she’s by no means counseled the ‘larger is best’ more or less mantra in the case of both display screen time or solid, who prefer to let her nuanced performances do the seducing as an alternative. “I’m an actor who performs a wide variety of roles and I’ve by no means been stricken in regards to the duration of the function as a result of I believe the target market will take into account you in the event you do an impactful process, although you come back on for a bit of.” Her filmography, a no-holds-barred combined bag of no matter catches her fancy — courageous impartial ventures, masala mainstream films, reasonable parallel cinema, art-house love letters, industrial midstream tasks — backs up her commentary. There appears to be little or no that the seasoned actor can not, and won’t, dip her toes into. Her good judgment, the place’s the sense — or amusing — in taking part in it secure?
She is obviously in a nice position. In an business the place nepotism runs amok, and in a rustic the place the hundreds are nonetheless extra within the hero and a celeb solid, Dutta is without doubt one of the few outsiders to have carved a distinct segment for herself. She appeals to each business insiders and the target market and has made it on her personal phrases and benefit. See or learn any interview and you are going to in finding that she has no time for platitudes or banal bromides. She firmly holds her personal, and this holds true for any body she is in as smartly — and regardless of who she is up in opposition to. A laugh minutiae: Dutta additionally has the honour of being directed through Om Puri in Teri Amrita — because the poet Amrita Pritam reverse Puri’s Nawab Zulfiqar Haider — a two-character Punjabi play that noticed him resurface at the degree after 25 lengthy years.
In a occupation spanning 24 years, it is very important stay issues attention-grabbing, I undertaking. “I believe, as an actor, if you lose interest, it more or less seeps into your target market. So my purpose is not to ever become bored and the chant for that’s not to repeat myself.” It’s nice recommendation and one thing she follows to a T. If truth be told, through the tip of 2018 we will be able to have observed her along a decidedly eclectic bunch — Neena Gupta, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Irrfan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Ranvir Shorey, Boman Irani, Rajkummar Rao, Arjun Rampal and Anil Kapoor.
Even if in Cannes for the primary time for the arena premiere of her movie Manto (2017) that used to be additionally nominated within the Un Positive Regard segment, Dutta promptly responded after we texted her. Ever the pro, she took out time from her busy time table to respond to all our questions. When she talks about her métier, she is sensible, in advance and assured — you realize, #NoFilter. She has not one of the triteness that comes so naturally to such a lot of actors; neither their insecurities, nor their desire for validation, nor their overworked PR equipment. She’s beneficiant with reward, laughs simply, doesn’t take labels frivolously or hesitate to reprimand you in a good-natured method. She for sure doesn’t mince phrases or sugarcoat, and is aware of how to attract you in. Her vibe? Unpretentious, robust, tongue-in-cheek. And, like her on-screen personas, actual.
Excerpts from an interview….
Within the ’90s whilst you got down to turn out to be a Hindi movie actor, there have been fewer meaty portions for ladies who had been frequently relegated to decorative or cliched roles. You didn’t have any formal coaching. The beliefs of good looks had been slim and inflexible. What drove you to pursue performing below those cases?
I at all times sought after to be an actor. Ever since I used to be 4. I used to be completely, completely taken with Mr Bachchan and I might imitate his dancing taste for my pals, who had been my handiest target market. And I believe it used to be the applause that were given me (hooked). I realised early on that that is precisely what I wish to do all my lifestyles. I instructed my grandmother that I sought after to be an actor, and she or he mentioned, “You’re now not conventionally handsome”. However I knew that I used to be going to make it. I knew I had skill and presence. And I did know that I’m beautiful. I at all times had this robust conviction that I used to be made for the flicks.
Actors are identified to be narcissistic, egotistic, insecure. Do you compromise? How tough used to be it to take care of rejection — nearly a ceremony of passage for many artistes? Did you ever come just about falling into melancholy?
Sure, any occupation which doesn’t be offering balance will give upward thrust to insecurities and in our more or less line the place you’re repeatedly looking to make it paintings and create credibility, and the place the entirety is in accordance with how your closing unencumber has fared and the way a success you’ve been, there’s certain to be lack of confidence. You’re certain to really feel a little bit unnerved. I additionally assume that if you are taking it in a favorable method, it assists in keeping you going. For me, the insecurities have labored fantastically as a result of I by no means had a godfather. I used to be given smaller roles and I needed to turn out myself. So the insecurities drove me to transport forward and driven me to do higher and as of late I’m the place I’m. Sure, I’ve been low. However circle of relatives, pals and a powerful improve device lend a hand. While you go away paintings apart and turn off with them through your facet — even though it’s tough for numerous folks to try this — it is helping. I believe I’ve controlled to do it beautiful smartly. So sure, I’ve long past throughout the lows however this is lifestyles and also you jump again.
Your function fashions are…?
In my opinion, I might take just one title: my mom, Dr Nalini Dutta. My ebook Me and Ma is a tribute to her. She is the most productive factor to have ever came about to me. Workwise it’s at all times been Mr Bachchan for now not handiest being the celebrity that he’s however for being who he’s. Heat personified, humble, tremendous clever, a professional. And for the way in which he’s with folks. And I’m so happy I belong to his occasions and know him in my view. And in addition Shabana Azmi. I completely glance as much as her for the pretty stability she has created in her private lifestyles and for the girl she is.
Shifting from Punjab to Mumbai on the mushy age of 18 used to be courageous. You landed up right here with no godfather within the business. Was once there any level whilst you sought after to provide all of it up and transfer again or cross away someplace new like Kareena’s persona did in Heroine (or is tad too dramatic)?
Sure, it used to be courageous on my section to wish to be an actor even though I didn’t have a godfather. There are occasions when you’re feeling rejected. I come from an excessively sheltered background. In Punjab, the entirety used to be sorted through my circle of relatives. Right here in Mumbai, you must take care of your self as a result of no person else is stricken about your pursuits except they want you. I don’t imply it in a foul method however, in fact, our business is need-oriented and everyone seems to be fending for themselves. As I mentioned ahead of, you’re feeling very unnerved on occasion. I do want to take breaks like I’m presently but I don’t ever really feel like giving it up as a result of I really like my process.
Your facet characters have from time to time lingered in a single’s reminiscence greater than protagonists regardless of lesser display screen time….
Ok, I hate that phrase you have got simply used, ‘facet persona’. Since you’re sidelining the nature through the use of this time period. I’ve by no means been referred to as a ‘facet actor’. There may well be other levels of significance however a task is a task. I don’t even know what you might imply through a lead. If an actor is romancing every other actor, she or he turns into a stereotypical hero or heroine. There are different characters, which might be most likely a lot more essential however they aren’t referred to as the leads. Then, name us actors. Why do you wish to have to peer a facet of it? I can use a robust phrase and say that I am getting pissed off with this sort of phraseology.
Administrators you haven’t labored with and who would you give an arm and leg to collaborate with?
Gulzar sahab and Hrishikesh Mukherjee anyday. And Steven Spielberg.
Your filmography is composed of a mixture of mainstream and midstream cinema…how simple or tough is it to deal with this stability?
Smartly, I don’t assume that a lot about making a stability. I choose from no matter I’m presented. I don’t say, ‘Ok, now I can do two industrial motion pictures after which I’ll do a little parallel cinema’. That’s now not the way it works. And now there’s been a ravishing marriage between industrial and artwork cinema, and each and every more or less film is being made. Thankfully, I have compatibility into the entire genres so I’m doing they all! I’m additionally performing some regional cinema. I’ve simply completed two Punjabi motion pictures, and I’m about to famous persont taking pictures for a Bangla movie.
You’ve labored with such a lot of actors and administrators, previous and new, and remodeled 100 motion pictures. Who’s your favorite co-star and who has given you the most productive recommendation?
Amitabh Bachchan, and I’ve already mentioned why. I take into account when I used to be doing Baghban (2003), I used to be very new to the scene and completely crushed to be operating with my favorite actor. Whilst in persona, I needed to behave negatively against him. I didn’t know how to care for being nasty to any individual I idolise. And after I got here house, my mom requested, ‘Did you now not do a nice process?’ I mentioned, ‘In fact I did’ and she or he requested me, ‘Why are you disillusioned?’ I hadn’t realise it however I used to be disillusioned as a result of I needed to be nasty to Mr Bachchan at the set. And I believe Mr Bachchan stuck that. He’s so delicate and observant. Tomorrow he got here as much as me, cheered me up, and were given me candies. That’s after I in truth realised that I wished to split my private lifestyles. There’s an pressing want to disconnect off-camera. And I used to be very, very crushed through the truth that an enormous celebrity like Mr Bachchan had such sensitivity for a newcomer and what she used to be feeling. This revel in created a bond between us. 2nd, I might say, Shah Rukh Khan. He’s very delicate. He sorted me and out for me on a number of events right through Veer-Zaara and he prompt me to seem after myself. He mentioned, ‘Major nahin rahunga toh kya apna khayal nahin rakhogi?’ [laughs]. So I learnt that from him, and shall be ever so indebted to him for being his fascinating self.
What drew you in your function in Fanney Khan? It has a fascinating famous person solid (Dutta, Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai and Rakjummar Rao). Or does it have one thing to do with it being produced through Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, a long-time favorite of yours….
In fact, it’s at all times attention-grabbing to paintings with my all-time favorite Mr Mehra on account of the sheer incontrovertible fact that he has at all times believed in me and not repeated my roles. He has at all times given me one thing other and is liable for a few of my occupation milestones. Excluding that, it’s a ravishing script and I’ve a fantastic function. It’s reverse Anil Kapoor who has been on my want listing for terribly lengthy…and why received’t I do it?
You need to had been typecast because the bubbly Punjabi lady (Veer-Zaara) or any individual who can pull off a crass persona (Delhi 6, Blackmail), however you ended up reclaiming your self through carving a distinct segment for your self as a major actor with out getting pigeonholed.
Sure, my battle has been now not about getting paintings however breaking stereotypes. When I did Veer-Zaara, I used to be flooded with roles of that kind. I sat at house for a 12 months, looking forward to one thing other, and alongside got here Jalebi (Delhi 6). And after I did Jalebi, sensual roles began coming my method. So I needed to stay breaking those stereotypes. Now you’re treating me as a stereotype [laughing] through calling me ‘a major actor’ and I’ve damaged it through doing a loopy, mad comedy like Blackmail with Irrfan Khan and I’m doing every other one with Anubhav Sinha. So each time a tag comes alongside I cross forward and do one thing totally other. I love to marvel myself and my target market and that’s what assists in keeping me going.
Questions you hate being requested as a ‘persona actor’?
I’ve been referred to as a ‘persona actor’ however once more I don’t approve of it. I’m an actor and an entire one at that, so please keep on with that.
Have you ever skilled any sexism or ageism in Bollywood? What in regards to the questions you have got needed to box as a ‘feminine actor’?
Sure, you do face it on occasion. Everyone seems to be someday propositioned. You select whether or not to react to it or forget about it or confront them. I’ve negated all of this and made my very own trail, as we all know. It’s an extended adventure but it surely’s extra long-lasting. I’ve been requested some usually sexist questions from time to time too. The loads consider that the hero remains younger even at 50 however our heroines lose their adolescence at 30. However I believe I’ve been a success in defying that. If I’m taking part in a mom to Malala (Yousafzai) in a single movie, I’m additionally romancing a hero and making like to him in every other, which is Manto, the place I’m taking part in a beautiful prostitute. What I’m in truth on the lookout for is variety and completely defying any more or less symbol that anybody needs to provide me.
Your tackle phrases like ‘supporting actor’ and ‘parallel lead’?
I’m an ac–tor. That’s it. Don’t give it some other names, please. As a result of if I’m taking part in a parallel lead in a single movie and a supporting function in every other, I’m taking part in a unfavourable persona in every other, a comic book in every other and a lead in every other. So I’m doing about 10 motion pictures presently and I’m positioned variously in all…do you wish to have to make use of all the ones phrases for me? No. I believe I wish to be referred to as an actor.
Blackmail, your closing unencumber, is a black comedy…are you pleased with the way in which the movie has became out?
I’m in love with how Blackmail used to be made. One, I completely loved operating on it and two, I’m very happy with Abhinay (Deo) for going in opposition to the tide and pronouncing, ‘Yeah, ok, I will be able to see Divya as a loopy, whimsical, alcoholic girl and now not only a candy Punjaban or a ‘severe actor’’ and I’m happy he may ruin that barrier and provides me one thing so other. I completely recognize it. I actually had a blast doing that movie and I won nice comments for Blackmail. However my favorite style, in the event you inquire from me, is romance.
That is your first time in Cannes, how would you fee your revel in? What’s your function in Manto all about?
Strolling the pink carpet with my movie and gazing it with all of the solid has been an awesome revel in. I’m taking part in a personality from Thanda Gosht, one of Manto’s maximum arguable tales. And Nandita (Das) had instructed me it used to be going to be a daring one. I’m happy I did it. It used to be actually talked-about in Cannes and I’m happy I’m a part of this pretty movie.
Are you a technique actor, director’s actor or herbal actor?
I’m now not a technique actor through a long way. I’m a herbal actor and a director’s actor. I love to have the most productive of each worlds. You upload so much to the function. You upload your X issue. That’s what units it aside. So if the nature you play has been enjoyed, then, in fact, it’s not simply on account of the creator but in addition on account of you. You upload your soul and spirit to the pretty frame. Once I sit down on a task, I intuitively determine the best way to layer it up. It simply involves me. Including the layers works for me. And with out shifting the tale in any respect I more or less like to embellish my persona.
Motion pictures you let cross of which you would like you were part of….
In truth, I’m very happy about my alternatives. There’s no movie that I remorseful about now not taking on.
Let’s speak about your Nationwide Award-winning flip as Ramandeep…what drew you to her? And have you ever hiked your charge after successful the Nationwide Award?
Ramandeep is an excessively attention-grabbing persona. The sheer incontrovertible fact that she is an bold, competitive, manipulative baby-kisser who comes from modest roots however who isn’t very humble hints at her layered persona. (Director) Aparnaa (Singh) and I added our personal private touches, we crammed within the blanks about the place she got here from, about her dating together with her mom, her previous (she most likely killed her father to get his seat). In the scene after the only the place her mom calls her a satan, you notice her counting her tooth within the replicate. That is in accordance with a Punjabi folklore which claims that the satan has a undeniable collection of tooth. That’s my favorite scene as it provides away the truth that someplace she is more or less regretful of what she has accomplished, however that’s the trail she has selected. And after my mom, this used to be the primary movie that I signed on. I put all my power into this function and I gave it my highest. So this movie may be very particular, sure. And, sure, I have more or less larger my charge [starts laughing] after successful the Nationwide Award.
Irada raises some pertinent ecological problems, do you consider that motion pictures must have a message?
Yeah, why now not, motion pictures may have a message however they shouldn’t hold forth, they must entertain. If the message is given in an entertaining method then the visible medium actually is helping the target market to take it house. Excellent examples can be all of Raju Hirani’s motion pictures, he entertains and leaves you with an excessively refined message, which you are taking house. Like a jaadu ki jhappi is one thing I can by no means omit. I love giving folks a hug. It really works, it actually does in our chilly occasions when everyone seems to be actually busy with themselves. A heat hug does wonders and that’s what Hirani taught us via Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003). For that topic although you have a look at, say, Bathroom: A Prem Katha (2017), this can be a movie with a message however it’s entertaining. Such a lot of of my motion pictures too have a message however they aren’t preachy. The target market can pay to get entertained and in the event you sneak in a message with out making it very obtrusive, what’s fallacious with it.
You’ll be essaying the function of Malala’s mom Toor Pekai in Amjad Khan’s upcoming biopic Gul Makai…that is the second one biopic you might be in however you’re now not taking part in the protagonist. Which public determine do you want to painting?
It’s now not about lead roles and supporting roles. It’s a kickass function and most likely the most productive one within the movie. While you watch it, you are going to know. In Milkha too it used to be the most productive function. It doesn’t topic to me if I’m taking part in the titular function or now not so long as I’m taking part in the most productive function, ok? And to respond to your 2nd query, I would like to play Meena Kumari or Amrita Pritam at the large display screen. I do know I can do a nice process.
Nastik, The Track Instructor, Jhalki, Manto, Fanney Khan, Ram Singh Charlie, Abhi Toh Birthday celebration Shuru Hui Hai, Tennis Pals, Gul Makai, did we get all of them?
You’ve accomplished your homework smartly! Those are my motion pictures that may pop out this 12 months evidently.
Comedy, drama or unfavourable roles — your poison — and why? Which function used to be the hardest to crack and why?
I by no means see a movie I’m presented as ‘Arré, I sought after to do a comedy however I’ve been presented a major function’. I see it as what it’s and what I will be able to upload to it, if it excites me intuitively and what my intestine feeling says at that very time. I additionally see how various I will be able to be with my variety. I actually loved Anubhav Sinha’s Abhi Toh Birthday celebration Shuru Hui Hai, we had a blast. I loved doing Track Teacher for its sheer romance and I totbest friend enjoyed Manto. I met (casting director) Uma da Cunha the opposite and she or he mentioned, ‘I’ve observed two motion pictures of yours and also you’ve been kissing your heroes in either one of them!’ It’s a fascinating segment in my lifestyles. Within the pipeline are different motion pictures like Ram Singh Charlie, a ravishing movie I’m tremendous happy with and, in fact, the Malala biopic. My maximum favorite function until date is Jalebi in Delhi 6 as a result of that used to be now not me. I had to make use of very other frame language and dialects to play that function.
From bit roles to bit roles with intensity to supporting roles to solo motion pictures, it has taken you 20 years to in the end get your due. Are you a cynic through now?
Sure, I’ve come a ways and, thanks, I’m happy everybody skinnyks that I’ve simply began to get my due. Till closing 12 months I used to be instructed I’m underrated. It’s a large feat for any feminine actor to be going robust after sticking round on this business for 20 years. There should be one thing particular, proper. It’s nice to stay rediscovering your self, difficult your self, pushing your self to search out newness each and every time in each and every movie. I believe I’m stupidly enthusiastic about myself as an actor and the jobs I pick out and that’s why I don’t tire in any respect and that’s why my target market needs extra of me each and every time. No, I’m now not a cynic, I’m a kid at middle. Everybody asks, ‘Do you assume your Nationwide Award has been behind schedule?’ I don’t assume so. There’s a time for the entirety and now’s my time. It’s my first time in Cannes, it’s my first Nationwide Award, numerous lead roles are coming my method for the primary time. Firsts are welcome and I’m taking part in this segment.
Gray’s Anatomy famous person Ellen Pompeo, who’s recently the highest-paid girl on tv drama for enjoying the titular persona, has just lately spoken about ageism and being paid not up to Patrick Dempsey, who performed her on-screen husband. She mentioned he had by no means appeared willing to sign up for forces and cross to the manufacturers together with her. Deepika Padukone made information just lately for being paid greater than her male co-stars…the discrimination is rampant even on the very best ranges however girls are empowering themselves…your ideas.
As a lot as we attempt to struggle it and even though we do have some robust feminine actors who’ve made their mark and asserted their famous person energy, like Deepika, as you’ve discussed, this can be a male-dominated business. There’s additionally Kangana Ranaut and Priyanka Chopra who fee so much, similar to their male opposite numbers. It’s an business based on call for and provide. In case you give hits, folks pay you. However on the finish of the day, the scales are tilted. ‘Is movie ka hero kaun hai?’ is what folks ask as soon as a movie is out, and as soon as that adjustments, issues will get started converting too. However as of now, I don’t assume I’ve been doing badly in any respect, and I’ve been pleased with the pay applications I’ve been getting.
Why has Bollywood did not give a contribution to a motion like #MeToo?
We as a society are nonetheless unlearning numerous issues. We come from an area the place we’re mechanically instructed to be quiet about sure issues. That is what we be told, ki choop raho, bhai. I’m speaking in regards to the plenty, in each small cities and large towns. That is the context. Now, we’re talking up although it’s a gentle procedure. However we will be able to’t examine ourselves to Hollywood. We don’t have their infrastructure or unions, in order that’s now not a good comparability. Ladies are elevating their voices however we don’t seem to be fast to call someone in India. It is going to take time but it surely is occurring.
There’s a tradition of silence in our society and in Bollywood too…you have got nepotism, camps, cliques….
I’ve by no means been a part of a clique however I’ve stayed put and I’m in a greater place now than many others. In case you see the highest slot of actors, or even stars, be it Deepika, Shah Rukh, Priyanka or Kangana, they aren’t from the business. They’re self-made. And although any individual has pals within the business, you’ll handiest be helped until a undeniable level. After that, it’s your adventure and you’ve got to seem after your self. So I believe it’s your paintings that determines your standing right here, or your relationships, if folks like operating with you. Ultimately, this stuff topic greater than the nepotism we speak about. In fact, it exists, we will be able to’t deny it. However it’s not that impactful.
Are you able to title some motion pictures the place roles had been written with you in thoughts?
There were reasonably a couple of of the ones in truth. I’ve frequently been instructed, ‘We handiest noticed you on this function’. Examples of this would come with the Malala biopic, The Track Instructor, Fanney, Delhi 6, Veer-Zaara and Manto. I used to be instructed I used to be the most obvious selection and that they’d me in thoughts from the beginning.
After such a lot of years, what assists in keeping you going?
As I instructed you, there’s a kid inside me who’s at all times raring to head, to search out more recent issues to do, more recent toys to play with vis-à-vis my roles. If I stay doing the similar more or less roles that I’ve been preferred in then after some time I can get tired of it. So what’s amusing is to go away my convenience zone and leap into roles that I’ve now not been observed in, really feel frightened about doing them, give them my darned highest and marvel myself and in addition my target market. And I believe that’s what I’m doing presently and I’m totally taking part in it.
Now that you just’ve written a ebook, can we ever see you writing a movie?
I don’t know. My administrators inform me to do it. Author-directors Neeraj Pandey and Sriram Raghavan have each asked me to write down a script. Some day I may simply pay attention to them. As of now, I’m writing every other ebook!