38th Vikram Sarabhai International Arts Festival:
Enigmatic classical dancer, choreographer, theatre personality, scriptwriter and an activist all rolled into one, Mallika Sarabhai started off as a Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi dancer. Daughter of renowned Bharatnatyam dancer Mrinalani Sarabhai and scientist Vikram Sarabhai, subsequently she made a foray into films, and then went on to become a catalyst-performer who challenged her audience to sit up and think of ‘ecology, the women’s role in society, gender awareness and cultural atrophy.’
In its 38th installment, the idea of the Vikram Sarabhai International Arts Festival took birth after his tragic death back in 1971.
Maria Chaudhuri’s debut book Beloved Strangers is a memoir that explores her life, her choices, her home, and her dreams. In this interview she unravels and peels the layers that form the book and the writer that she is today.
Can you tell us a little about yourself, your growing up years and what made you become a writer?
I grew up in Dhaka in the ‘80s with a family of six—my parents, my two sisters, a brother and me. Even though Bangla is my mother tongue and that's what we speak at home, I attended an English Medium School from the time
Remembrances of Voices Past
By V. Ramesh: Born in 1958, V. Ramesh lives and works as an artist and teacher at the Faculty of Fineread more...
Interior Designer: Suchi Reddy’s award-winning design studio, Reddymade Design, is slightly over a decade old, but over these last ten years,read more...
By Harshita Gautam: Harshita Gautam grew up in a small town in Uttar Pradesh called Sahranpur. After studying Spanish, she wentread more...
Soumik Sen: Somewhere in rural India, a whirlwind of a revolution is taking form and Gulaab Gang is at its vortex.read more...
Pradip Krishen made feature films till 1994 (Massey Sahib; In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones and Electric Moon) andread more...
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What prompted you to do Shaadi ke Side Effects? I met with Pritish Nandy first who very briefly told me the story Saket Choudhary had written. I found the story very endearing, it’s a very warm story and with the face of it only you could tell it’ll have a lot of humor given the situations in the film.
What genre would you categorize it in? In the very true sense it’s in the complete rom-com space however we are calling it more shaadi-com.
As an actor what is your responsibility to the viewer? I think my only responsibility to the viewer is to be honest as I don’t want to play them or take them for granted and I don’t want to try and design something for them as I think that’s very unfair.
If you had to make a biopic whose life would you choose? If I did direct a biopic or could collaborate in one I would like it to be about someone from the film world. There are amazing stories of great directors or actors from yesteryears that we look up to and majority of those did not come from film families so there is not much that we know.
Which is the most challenging film you have directed and acted in? Directing Lakshya I would equate to acting in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag in terms of the endurance in all fronts.