The right word
Meet the woman behind the crisp, sharp dialogues of the 2010 Bollywood flick, Aisha— Devika Bhagat. So far, with three films in her kitty including Manorama Six Feet
Under, Aisha and Bachna Ae Haseeno, she has pretty much established herself in Bollywood. Her fourth movie Ladies
v/s Ricky Bahl directed by Maneesh Sharma is ready to be released in December 2011.
THE MOMENT An alumnus of Delhi’s Convent of Jesus and Mary, the turning point in her life came when she went to study film and television at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. “That’s when I realised that this is what I love and what I want to do for the rest of my life,” she says. “Though I knew I wanted to write, I was nervous. I didn't think I could write for other people but it turned out to be an amazing experience.”
GUIDING LIGHT Inspired by writers and directors like Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wong Kar-wai, Roald Dahl and Haruki Murakami, Bhagat dreams of writing and directing her own film and a book.
DEVIKA BHAGAT 33,
“The most difficult thing on entering Bollywood seven
years ago was being taken seriously
as a female writer”