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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.

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