‘Bol­ly­wood doesn’t dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween male, fe­male di­rec­tors’

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Un­like many fe­male di­rec­tors who say that they have been treated dif­fer­ently from their male coun­ter­parts, di­rec­tor Ash­winy Iyer Ti­wari (above) of Nil Bat­tey San­nata (2016) fame, says that no such thing ex­ists in the film in­dus­try.

“I have never faced this is­sue, be­cause I speak my mind. It is more about cre­at­ing a place and re­spect for your­self,” says Ash­winy whose next re­lease is Bareilly ki Barfi. “If I talk like some­one who doesn’t know what she is talk­ing about, then maybe it can [be that] peo­ple would dif­fer­en­ti­ate. It’s sim­i­lar to some­one driv­ing a car badly on the road, only then peo­ple see if it’s a male driver or a fe­male one. If the car is be­ing driven well, no one is both­ered about the gen­der.”

“I fail to un­der­stand the whole bi­fur­ca­tion be­tween the two, be­cause what you think and how you are on the set all de­pends on your ca­pa­bil­i­ties of di­rect­ing a film. It’s also about where your in­ter­est lies. Maybe, I don’t want to di­rect a hor­ror and an ac­tion film be­cause I am not made for it,” as­serts Ash­winy, who is mar­ried to Dan­gal (2016) di­rec­tor Nitesh Ti­wari.

Are there any plans to co-di­rect a film with Nitesh in the fu­ture? “We will never co-di­rect be­cause we are very dif­fer­ent in terms of think­ing. He is more struc­tured and I am very im­pul­sive. I am more freeflow­ing, when it comes to di­rec­tion,” says Ash­winy adding, “But we may co-pro­duce a film in the fu­ture.”

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