As a cre­ative per­son, you have to make cer­tain choices: Kanika Dhillon

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT - Shreya Mukher­jee ■ shreya.mukher­[email protected]

Ev­ery­time a film works, ex­pec­ta­tions go up for ev­ery­one who is as­so­ci­ated with it. But what hap­pens when a pro­ject fails? Ac­tors and direc­tors are ex­pected to take the blame. How­ever, loose scripts and writ­ers were held re­spon­si­ble when films such as Thugs of Hin­dostan and Zero, both 2018, failed to make a mark.

When asked how much onus lies with the writer of the film, screen­writer and au­thor Kanika Dhillon says she can’t talk about other films but only for her work.

Kanika, who had a good run last year with films such as Man­marziyaan and Kedar­nath, feels that “ev­ery film and its jour­ney is dif­fer­ent”.

Asked how ad­versely the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing Kedar­nath af­fected her, Kanika says she is “open to crit­i­cism” but at the same time, she stands by her story. A sec­tion of so­ci­ety felt that the story pro­moted ‘love ji­had’.

“Ev­ery­one is en­ti­tled to their opin­ion. The fact that peo­ple ac­cepted these films and liked them is more than enough for me,” says Kanika, adding that the suc­cess of both her films in 2018 has been mo­ti­vat­ing.

The writer adds that when­ever she watches her films, she al­ways feels there’s room for im­prove­ment. “How­ever, as a cre­ative per­son, I re­alise that you have to make cer­tain choices. I write sto­ries for ev­ery­one but, yes, at times they are di­rected to­wards a cer­tain au­di­ence. So, if the film reaches them, I am happy,” says Kanika, who has also penned the story, screen­play and di­a­logues for the up­com­ing film, Men­tal Hai Kya and is ready with two more films that are ex­pected to go on floor this year.

Au­thor and screen­writer Kanika Dhillon wrote the script for Kedar­nath (2018), which was caught amidst con­tro­versy

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