I’ll never re­make dad’s films: Meghna Gulzar

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Film­maker Meghna Gulzar is work­ing on two projects si­mul­ta­ne­ously and both are based on real-life sto­ries. The Tal­var direc­tor seems to be in love with the genre.

“I don’t know what kept me away for so long. The ex­pe­ri­ence of mak­ing Tal­var (2015) was lib­er­at­ing. The ac­tors don’t need to look ster­ile and sur­round­ings don’t need to be rose-tinted; not that all movies need to be or are like that. But, I feel that some of the most poignant films come from real life,” says Meghna, who was “ex­tremely in­spired” by the story of Laxmi Ag­gar­wal, an acid at­tack sur­vivor, on whom she has based her next film.

Her other film, based on a book by Harinder Sikka, is about a Kash­miri girl mar­ried to a Pak­istani army of­fi­cer and the 1971 war. She wrote both the films with her team, and will di­rect them one af­ter the other.

While re­makes are the norm in Bol­ly­wood, and her fa­ther Gulzar is a cel­e­brated film­maker, Meghna is ve­he­ment about not re­mak­ing any of his films. “I’ll never re­make his films,” she says. “There are two rea­sons. I feel some things should re­main un­touched — one shouldn’t mess with their sanc­tity. More­over, we do need to let our fol­low­ing gen­er­a­tion know about our past, and to do that, we should show them orig­i­nal films. We shouldn’t re­make them.”

I feel some things should re­main un­touched — one shouldn’t mess with their sanc­tity MEGHNA GULZAR, FILM­MAKER

PHOTO: WASEEM GASHROO/HT

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