Kiran Rao on Bollywood, "Masala Films Don't Excite Me"

Ranjit Rodricks , 24 Jun 2013
Kiran Rao and Anand Gandhi
Kiran Rao and Anand Gandhi

This afternoon in Mumbai, film-maker Kiran Rao held a press conference in Mumbai to promote director Anand Gandhi’s film, Ship of Theseus which has won six awards and been screened at thirteen top-notch film festivals across the world.

Falling into the alternative /art / realistic film category, the folks at UTV will release Ship Of Theseus only in the main metro cities on July 19th 2013. But if you want to watch it in your city, you need to vote on Facebook to get it screened. And if the guys at UTV get 100% votes from a particular city, they will screen it there as well.

UTV's Siddharth Roy Kapoor with Kiran Rao and Anand Gandhi
UTV’s Siddharth Roy Kapoor with Kiran Rao and Anand Gandhi

Speaking to the media about why she has not yet ventured into making masala Bollywood films, Kiran Rao said, “I don’t do main stream commercial masala films because I don’t know how to write a film like that. Secondly, I’m not particularly drawn to that genre of film. Personally, I’m not excited to watch those kinds of films.” 

Kiran Rao
Kiran Rao

“So far I’ve made only one film (Dhobhi Ghat) and I genuinely don’t know what my next film will be. However, it will certainly be a film that will provoke some kind of thought and it will hopefully leave you with some images, some moments which you can take away.”

“Films for me are a discovery of myself. I use them to plumb my own depths – whether it is writing or performing – to figure out what I can do and to have that wonderful collaborative experience that film-making is. I’m hoping I can make films that will interest people and interest me, to begin with.” 

UTV's Siddharth Roy Kapoor with Kiran Rao and Anand Gandhi
UTV’s Siddharth Roy Kapoor with Kiran Rao and Anand Gandhi
Siddharth Roy Kapoor
Siddharth Roy Kapoor
Kiran Rao
Kiran Rao

Speaking about husband Aamir Khan in Dhoom-3, Kiran Rao said, “I honestly have no clue about the film. While on most of Aamir’s films I have been on board right from the script-reading stage (like PK), I don’t know anything about Dhoom-3. I want to go and see it without knowing what the story is and enjoy it unfold with all it’s surprises!”

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Pix: Khyati Gandhi and Yogen Shah for MissMalini

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