Q&A WITH KI­RAN RAO

Af­ter the much-ac­claimed Dhobi Ghat, Ki­ran Rao has made her re­turn with two films that need just 10 sec­onds each to make their im­pact

India Today - - INSIDE - —with Suhani Singh

Q. Most film­mak­ers like to take time to tell a story. You re­turn from a nine-year hia­tus with two 10-sec­ond Face­book ‘Thumb­stop­per’ films.

It was hap­pen­stance. The idea was to cre­ate a so­cial im­pact and il­lus­trate that du­ra­tion is not cru­cial to show some kind of change. We are in an age where we are fight­ing for the fi­nite at­ten­tion of au­di­ences. As peo­ple mak­ing sto­ries, it is important to un­der­stand what that is do­ing to nar­ra­tives them­selves and how we look at vi­su­als.

Q. Do you won­der how some di­rec­tors end up mak­ing a film a year?

Most di­rec­tors who are pro­lific have a team of writ­ers working for them. The heavy lifting is done by some­one else or they are mak­ing sub­stan­dard films. Con­sis­tent high-qual­ity work is rare, which is why I so ad­mire peo­ple who man­age that, such as Hansal Mehta.

Q. Chen­nai is go­ing through an acute wa­ter cri­sis. Many In­dian cities have per­ilously low ground­wa­ter now. What are Paani Foundation’s next steps?

Wa­ter scarcity is an ex­tremely press­ing is­sue. At Paani Foundation (founded by Rao with hus­band Aamir Khan), for the past four years, we have been working in Ma­ha­rash­tra to cre­ate a peo­ple’s move­ment to fight drought by of­fer­ing train­ing in de­cen­tralised water­shed man­age­ment, lead­er­ship and com­mu­nity build­ing. With what we have learnt from the Satyamev Jay­ate Wa­ter Cup com­pe­ti­tion since 2016, we plan to work on wa­ter man­age­ment and eco­log­i­cal restora­tion as well.

BANDEEP SINGH

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