Roshni Dinaker: Nobody is stopping you if you're passionate about filmmaking
The acclaimed costume designer is making her directorial debut with My Story, featuring Prithviraj and Parvathy
Prithviraj and Parvathy are coming together again in My Story, and it's a cause for celebration for many of their fans. The two worked together last on 2015's Ennu Ninte Moideen, which was a critical as well as box office success. Bangalore-based Roshni Dinaker, who is an acclaimed costume designer, is making her foray into direction with the film.
The filmmaker describes My Story as a beautiful love story set in Portugal, with cinema as a backdrop. "The characters play actors, and though cinema is a backdrop, the primary focus will be on relationships. It's a story that I hope strikes a chord with everyone. It's a universal story -- something most people can relate to. It will make them nostalgic. There's a lot of beautiful things happening in the film. We want to give audiences a good audio-visual experience."
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When asked if female filmmakers are taken more seriously these days in Malayalam cinema, she says, "Of course. If you're passionate about making films, nobody is stopping you. It doesn't matter what your gender is. As far as I'm concerned, I haven't experienced anything like that in the past fifteen years. I never went through this male/female differentiation and all. It's all about your work and perseverance."
So what makes My Story different from other love stories? "Take Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's Devdas, for example. It has been made by so many filmmakers in different languages. When Sanjay Leela Bhansali came out with his version, it became a box-office success. My point is, it has got nothing to do with how different it's going to be. It has to do with how we present it. Love is an inborn emotion. Deep down, everyone needs it. That's an emotion any man or woman will connect to. We were serious about the film's content. We didn't make this film just for the sake of it."
My Story comes out on June 15, and Roshni didn't forget to mention that the film will be released with subtitles in other states.