Hot List 2013 August
All that’s buzzing this month!
Cosmo: What was the inspiration behind Sitara’s character?
Nishat Fatima: “College was the inspiration for Sitara. Her name is that of one friend, and her character, in the beginning, was based on another. However, it became quickly apparent that Sitara was not going to be anything like the person who inspired her, she took on a life of her own and did her own thing— whether she was throwing peaches or creating kitchen disasters.”
C: Sitara is a bit of a pessimist when it comes to the world of Bollywood and glamour. Are your views similar?
NF: “Absolutely not. I adore Bollywood. Where else would you accept the unreality of perfect beauty, amazing bodies, and the ability to burst into song and dance as God given? And life without the endless speculation that Bollywood generates—unimaginable!”
C: Why did you decide to write this book?
NF: “It was one of those ‘I’m sure I can write better than that’ moments. Except that it happened during National Novel Writing Month (every November) and after 30 days, I had a book. Not Seriously, Sitara?, but one that caught the eye of my editor and led to me writing this book.
C: Tell us about your top three favourite authors...
NF: “Top three is hard, but the first three that come to mind are PG Wodehouse, Georgette Heyer and Jennifer Crusie.”
C: The book that changed your life is...
NF: “It might have been called The Billionaire’s Virgin Mistress or something along those lines—it definitely told me I could write a better book!”
C: If you had to make an on-screen adaptation of your book, who would you want to direct it?
NF: “Zoya Akhtar; I like her sense of humour.”
Seriously, Sitara? by Nishat Fatima, ` 299, is published by Hachette, and available in stores now.