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    By Bollywood Hungama News Network, March 31, 2009 - 16:21 IST

    Nandita Das She surprised everyone with her directorial debut Firaaq that won several awards for her. We are indeed referring to the beautiful actress turned director Nandita Das, who is known for her unconventional cinema. She was on Bollywood Hungama's Celeb Chat to interact with her fans. For those who missed the bus, do not fret, as Bollywood Hungama brings you the chat excerpts. Enjoy reading it!

    Nandita Das: Hi this is Nandita Das only on Bollywood Hungama.com

    FMOTI: Hello. How r u?
    Nandita Das: Rushing around...but for next 40 mins I am totally with you.

    FMOTI: i am a big fan of urz...How was your first time directing exp?
    Nandita Das: Much more challenging than I had imagined...I have learnt a lot...It has pushed my boundaries like nothing else has....consuming but most of all very exciting.

    FMOTI: i am a big fan of urz..How was your first time directing exp?
    Nandita Das: Much more challenging than I had imagined...I have learnt a lot...It has pushed my boundaries like nothing else has....consuming but most of all very exciting.
    FMOTI: how did you think of the topic of your movie?
    Nandita Das: It had to do with everything that was happening around me...waking up to newspapers that were full of violence....the growing prejudice, conversations about identity that would get polarized into 'them and us'....that's why the first line in the film is 'This is a work of fiction based on thousand true stories'.

    Sadia: Hey Nandita Jee. I would just like to let you know that you are a brilliant actress. Your work is amazing! can we see you in future doing acting?
    Nandita Das: For sure Sadia...In fact I have already signed an exciting project but can't tell you more about that.

    Sadia: Hi..What Firaaq is all about?
    Nandita Das : Sadia...Firaaq is set a month after the 2002 Gujarat riots and its basically about human relationships that unfold over a span of 24 hours...It deals with the impact of violence on our lives but there is no obvious violence shown in the film.

    Nandita Das Arvind: hi maam, i saw ur movie it was very very good, didn't expect such good direction from u but u rocked!
    Nandita Das: arvind...thanks so much...with hardly any promotion I need the support of people like you to spread the words.

    Jijo: hi..Are you continue doing acting or will focus on direction solely?
    Nandita Das: why does one have to choose between this and that when one can do this and that? For sure...I'll do both but, as acting is so consuming I would like to give a good break between two directorial projects.

    Jijo: hi..Are you continue doing acting or will focus on direction solely?
    Nandita Das: why does one have to choose between this and that when one can do this and that? For sure...I'll do both but, as acting is so consuming I would like to give a good break between two directorial projects.
    Jijo: hi ...Are you satisfied over Slumdog Millionaire Oscar win?
    Nandita Das : jijo...much has been written about it...awards have a lot to do with the right time and place and the flavor of the season and finally it is always a subjective decision of a few people so I have never taken awards too seriously and it is upto each viewer to take from a film what they want to.

    Vigilant: How was your working experience in Ramchand Pakistani. I liked your performance very much as it was thoroughly character oriented. What's your take on the increasing nudity and kissing stuff in Indian movies instead of paying attention on quality script and acting?
    Nandita Das: thanks vigilant glad you liked RP...films are only a reflection of our society and we as audiences also have to create a demand and support different kind of films...also sexuality can be shown in a thought provoking intense way or can be trivialized and shown for titillation.

    Amogh: What went wrong...why didn't u do Deepa Mehta's Water? ...the movie was superb...it would have been great to have u in that movie!!
    Nandita Das: Amogh...this question is for Deepa...As you know I had shaved my head ...was 200% committed to the film and this would have completed my participation in the trilogy but it could be that they didn't want to take a chance with the problems that happened the first time around and therefore the cast and location was changed when they shot after 4 years.

    Amogh: Saw Firaaq a few days ago n loved the film...how was it directing an actor of the caliber of Naseeruddin Shah.
    Nandita Das: Amogh...While I deeply respect him and am honored that actors like him worked in my film, to be honest there is nothing to get over-awed...An actor-director relationship is a collaboration and the character emerges because of the experiences, the vision, the interpretations of both...I had a great time working with all my actors and I think they did too.

    Nandita Das Eetzz: What's the beauty secret of your flawless skin?
    Nandita Das: With all this stress...trust me Gurpreetzz it's not flawless. I have no time to indulge in beauty treatments and always have much better things to do. Thankfully!!!

    Gurpreetzz: Please share your special diet with us...
    Nandita Das: Sorry...dont ask me these questions because you'll be very disappointed. I love food and eat everything...though I do try to avoid deep fried stuff but that's because I dont even relish it.

    Gurpreetzz: When will you do movies with Mani Ratnam?
    Nandita Das : I have already done one Tamil film with Mani Ratnam...In fact I think its one of his best in the last few years ...Would love to work with him again but as an actor you are at the mercy of the directors approaching you so when you chat with him do ask him.

    Gurpreetzz: When will you do movies with Mani Ratnam?
    Nandita Das : I have already done one Tamil film with Mani Ratnam...In fact I think its one of his best in the last few years ...Would love to work with him again but as an actor you are at the mercy of the directors approaching you so when you chat with him do ask him.
    Vigilant: how do you select your project?
    Nandita Das: Amogh....I choose a project on the basis of the script, director and the role and if all that works then you trust the judgment of the director for the casting.

    Gurpreetzz: Would you like to direct a comedy flick someday?
    Nandita Das: Sure...a good comedy is one of the toughest genres but I wouldn't want to do one that is regressive or defies your basic sensibilities.

    Irshad: Hello..what is ur fav genre?
    Nandita Das: Irshad...it would have to be Human Relationships stories- what they call drama.

    Rimp: i saw your song with the Pakistani singer. That was very nice. How was your experience playing a Punjabi girl?
    Nandita Das: Thanks rimp....I too enjoyed it ....I have done films in 10 different languages and here I didn't even have to speak any dialogue...So I guess it was easy enough to be Punjabi.

    Guest: did u learn the direction from any school?
    Nandita Das: No!!! I didn't even watch films to learn the craft, as I believe that a greatest inspiration is life and all exposures that one has had gets stored in any case sub consciously.

    Neil: Hi Nandita, what would you like viewers to take away from 'Firaaq'?
    Nandita Das : Neil....That Violence spares Nobody. And the one thing we can do is to choose our response to it. Firaaq is many ways is a mirror to our own lives, fears, prejudice, responses... So see it if you care about what's happening to the world.

    Nandita Das Guest: which film recently really touched you?
    Nandita Das: Haven't seen a film in a long while but the last film that I enjoyed was Chak De India but I have a long list of films that I am waiting to watch- Dev D and the list goes on.

    jas25: your fav holiday destination?
    Nandita Das: The world has so many lovely places ...why would I ever want to choose one...I love traveling and hope the exploration carries on.

    Gurpreetzz: Are you married?
    Nandita Das: I was...now happily single

    jas25: why you dont feature in Bollywood Masala film too oftenly?
    Nandita Das : Out of the 30 films I have done, at least 20 would bring a smile to my face for different reasons and I am basically not into 'favorites'...i think the fun of life is in variety.

    Jas25: what made u take up direction?
    Nandita Das: I feel its a great privilege and freedom to do what one really wants to do and I doing exactly that.

    Sadia: One of your biggest fans all they way from Canada. I stayed up especially to chat with you!!!
    Nandita Das : That's sweet Sadia but I hope you dont have to go to work tom early morning...I've been to the Toronto Film Festival a few times and unfortunately Toronto is my only exposure to Canada.

    Gurpreetzz: When is your birthday?
    Nandita Das: 7th November..... don't ask the year and don't trust the internet.

    Jas25: what's ur take on reality TV? wud u like to be part of it?
    Nandita Das: Sorry I dont watch TV...I feel almost offended as a human being, as a woman, as a viewer with many of the things that I see.

    Nandita Das FenilSeta: what is your fav scene in Firaaq?
    Nandita Das: wanted to tell the stories that I told...for me doing Firaaq has been a cathartic process.

    Guest13: What is ur take on women directors in Bollywood currently?
    Nandita Das: I am just happy that more women are coming into every field including films so that we can get a chance to see different perspectives.

    Guest13: What is ur take on women directors in Bollywood currently?
    Nandita Das: I am just happy that more women are coming into every field including films so that we can get a chance to see different perspectives.
    Moulin: Hey Nandita I am sure you must have spent a lot of time on research for Firaaq. So can you share some of those experiences and difficulties that faced during the making?
    Nandita Das: No...Definitely not in the way it exists.

    Raheel: what is your zodiac sign? do you believe in them?
    Nandita Das: Just told you my birthday...so itís Scorpio...dont really believe in it but sometimes its fun asking

    jas25: which has been ur fav movie up to date that u have acted in?
    Nandita Das: Its tough for the mother to choose among her children ...Have lots of scenes that I still enjoy, watching but wonít want to pick out any favorites.

    Raheel1: The first and last scene of Firaaq still haunts me. Whose idea was it to start and end it like that and why?
    Nandita Das: raheel...i have basically written the story and had a co-writer on the script, Shuchi Kothari and together we structured the film. Of course the film evolves and changes when you shoot it and finally when you edit it but the fun of direction is that you can make all the choices.

    Nandita Das: It has been good fun chatting with all of you but now I gotto rush...Bye...Nandita


 

 

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