Script­ing Her Life

Chandi­garh-based writer Gurleen Kaur Dhillon, whose short film Zim­mevari has made her an overnight celebrity, talks about jug­gling chemistry and cre­ativ­ity

India Today - - FEATURE - _ By Sukant Deepak

Chandi­garh-based Gurleen

Kaur, 24, an MSc De­gree holder from Pan­jab

Univer­sity (2016), who has writ­ten the script for the short film

Zim­mevari, which be­came an in­stant

Youtube hit, says that she is fi­nally do­ing what she has al­ways wanted to.

With sto­ry­teller Nee­lash Mishra lend­ing his voice, the movie which re­leased last month, ex­plores the com­plex re­la­tion­ship be­tween a new bride and her mother-in-law, stay­ing miles away from the clichéd evil por­trayal of the bride­groom’s mother. “I wanted to show­case mul­ti­ple lay­ers of this re­la­tion­ship and bring forth the fact that ad­just­ments have to be made on both sides be­cause it is com­pli­cated when a new per­son en­ters a house which was com­plete even with­out her.” The idea, the young writer says, came to her when she started at­tend­ing her friends’ wed­dings. Stress­ing that most peo­ple laughed when she told them that she wanted to get a film made on this story, Dhillon adds, “Ev­ery­thing is as­so­ci­ated with age, even dreams.” Ap­proach­ing Chandi­garhbased direc­tor, Ab­hishek Garg set the ball rolling. “He liked the theme im­me­di­ately.”

Hail­ing from small town To­hana in Haryana, Dhillon, who has al­ways been a Sci­ence stu­dent, re­mem­bers, “De­spite the fact that I was al­ways ar­tis­ti­cally in­clined, physics and chemistry books al­ways ruled my room. In fact in our family, women are far more ed­u­cated than the men.”

The writer now wants to see her­self on-screen. Al­though she had re­ceived sev­eral of­fers to act in tele­vi­sion se­ries, she could not go ahead with them as all the op­por­tu­ni­ties ar­rived right in the mid­dle of her ex­ams. Not in­ter­ested in go­ing to a film school, Dhillon wants to learn on the job by as­sist­ing scriptwrit­ers who like to ex­per­i­ment with sto­ries and medi­ums. “All my life I have been sur­rounded by text­books, a lit­tle break won’t hurt,” she adds.

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