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    Default Aamir doesnít interfere, he participates : Reema Kagti

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    Flying from city to city to promote Talaash is taking its toll on director Reema Kagtiís nerves. Suffering from a serious problem of aviophobia, Reema is going through the worst ordeal of her life.

    Reliving her city to city ordeal Reema says, ďItís hell. This whole promotional spree is new to me. When I released Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd five years ago marketing was not such a big deal. In any case the film had an ensemble cast of talented actors who didnít really need promotion. But Talaash has three huge stars in the cast. You cannot not promote the film when you have such commercially large names in the cast. So here I am traveling when I am petrified of flying. Every time I sit on the plane I think this would be my last journey. Every time we land I run out and kiss the tarmac.Ē

    For Reema the anticipation for her filmís release is exceeded by the terror of travel that precedes the release. ďI am yet to begin getting nervous about how the film would be received. Iíve done what I had to. Itís been a long gap between my first and second film. In-between I wasnít sitting idle. I co-wrote Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and also assisted Zoya on Luck By Chance. As far as direction goes, I had to take an enforced sabbatical after directing my first film.Ē

    The real reason for the delay in starting Reemaís second film was Aamir Khan.

    Says Reema, ďI wrote Talaash and wanted to pitch it to Aamir. But at that time Aamir said he wasnít even listening to any scripts. So I set that script aside and got down to writing another script. But then I donít know why Aamir changed his mind and agreed to hear my script. He heard Talaash and he was on. I waited four years after my first film. But it was worth it.Ē

    Reema pooh-poohs Aamirís reputation of interference, and the problems the other two female filmmakers Deepa Mehta and Anusha Rizvi had while working with him. ďI donít know about his experiences with others. With me the suggestions were always made in the spirit of participation and I welcomed them. Besides, he was also the co-producer on this project. So his participation was doubly valid. He has this awesome reputation as a man who delivers successful cinema. I donít want to let him down. Not once did Aamir, Rani or Kareena make me feel as though they were big stars. They are cool chilled-out people.Ē

    Reema says she has never felt disadvantaged as a woman filmmaker, nor has she ever seen herself as a gender-driven filmmaker. ďLetís face it. We live in a patriarchal society. You will see men predominant in every field. But thatís slowly changing in all walks of life, even in cinema. Here we have Farah Khan, Zoya Akhtar and I .We donít make women-centric films the way female directors used to in the 1980s and 90s.Ē



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