The right word

India Today - - SIMPLY DELHI - Con­tact: azure­god­ by Re­wati Rau

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.

MAN­DAR Deod­har/­di­a­to­day­im­


Screen­play writer

“The most dif­fi­cult thing on en­ter­ing Bol­ly­wood seven

years ago was be­ing taken se­ri­ously

as a fe­male writer”

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