Interview By: ANKITA R. KANABAR
Reema Kagti is sharp and to the point. The ace writer-cum-film-maker is happy with the success of ‘Gold’. In this quick chat, we discuss all her movies and the way she functions…
Are you satisfied with the reaction to ‘Gold’?
Yes, I’m happy and relieved because there’s some bit of pressure. In terms of reviews, there have been some mixed reviews as well, but when you’re trying to reach out to an audience of this scale, that’s bound to happen. It’s di cult to make everyone happy.
Before the release, Akshay Kumar has been saying that it was all your and the team’s effort to create this era and a film like this. What all did it take? Before the release, Akshay Kumar has been saying that it was all your and the team’s effort to create this era and a film like this. What all did it take?
I had terrific help from the entire team, right from my DOP to the production designers to the costume department, make-up, hair. Initially, I sort of put a look book together and as and when, the head of every department came on board, they did their own research and that’s how we built it together.
What was the first thing which you wanted people to take back from ‘Gold’?
I was trying to evoke some real love for the country and I think what I was trying to say is that this may be the story of the 1940s but I think it’s relevant even today. We need to put aside religion, individual gains and think about the larger goal, think about the nation.
What is it that remains a constant in your films as a core, despite the change in genres or the world?
I think people watching my films can answer that, I don’t watch my films from that point of view. For me, I never think that I want to make this kind of film or that kind of film. It always starts out with the germ of an idea. You follow the idea eventually. ‘Honeymoon Travels..’ was a quirky alternative film. That was the idea I followed and that’s what the film became. Similarly, with ‘Talaash’, we were trying to explore grief and dealing with your own demons. Organically, it evolved into a suspense drama. ‘Gold’ in that sense was a more universal idea than any of my earlier films and therefore it stood out differently.
‘Honeymoon…’ was a little ahead of its times maybe, and in a way, it’s still quirky, fun to watch. And then, it took a while for you to make ‘Talaash’. How do you look at that film, and your growth since then?
Whether it’s ‘Honeymoon..’, ‘Talaash’ or ‘Gold’, my fi rst instinct is always to point out mistakes to myself. You always feel you can do better. When I look back, I know these films are very different from each other but I don’t see that as a problem. I see that as a strength and being versatile.
How much time does it take for you to come out of one film, and go into another different world all together?
You do need a break just to get it out of your system. I can’t specify a time. It depends on each film and I know there’s been a long gap between each of my films but I’m hoping, the universe will be kinder in the future.
What’s in process at the moment?
Zoya and I have a company called ‘Tiger Baby’, we are doing a show for Amazon. It’s called ‘Made In Heaven’. It’s in post-production right now. It will be out somewhere early next year. There’s ‘Gully Boy’ which Zoya and I have co-written. Then there are a couple of scripts I’m toying with. I’ll take this break that we are talking about and then figure out what I want to do next.