Desi Talk - page 24

By Bhargavi Kulkarni
adhureeta Anand does
not want to be bogged
down by any labels. As
an independent film
maker, she has dealt with a num-
ber of subjects – romance, female
foeticide and infanticide, women’s
issues and Indian history.
“I want to explore different ter-
ritories,” the 37-year-old told Desi
Talk in a telephone interview from
NewYork. “My only challenge is to
become a better director.”
At the same time she is open to
the audience putting a label on
her filmmaking or slotting her
films into a certain genre.
“Sometimes it helps the audience
put things in perspective and also
lets us filmmakers have an oppor-
tunity to see how our work is
being seen,” she explains.
“I really don’t believe in the tag
of ‘independent’ filmmakers; to
me independence is a state of
mind and not a club,” she says.
For someone like her who has
no film family backing and who
doesn’t even live in Mumbai, what
matters in the end it how well she
tells a story. “Money is not a prob-
lem today but what you love to do
is more important,” says Anand,
who loves to travel and watch
films.
Anand is currently visiting the
U.S. to promote her new film
“Kajaria,” which she describes as a
hard-hitting drama about
women’s plight. “‘Kajaria’ is about
two women from two different
backgrounds who collide in a
world where girls are better off
dead,” she explains.
“Women of India and all over
the world are making news today
and on the other hand we have so
much female infanticide going
on,” she said, adding that there
was a need for someone from the
film fraternity to talk about these
issues. The filmwhich has been
shot extensively in Haryana and
U.P., includes real people instead
of professional actors. It has gar-
nered considerable interest in the
international market, giving
Anand an opportunity to take the
promo to Cannes earlier this year.
“Right now the portrayal of
women in films is the complete
antithesis of what is going on,”
she said.
“What I would like to tell peo-
ple is this is not a docu-drama; it’s
a feature film and I have used real
people in the film.”
Though shot in India, Anand
said the subject has universal
appeal, which was evident during
its recent screening in Los
Angeles.
Anand said the filmwas well
received and the response was
encouraging.
After working on “Kajaria,”
Anand said she realized the way
women are portrayed in Hindi
films left a lot to be desired.
“People are making films on gang-
sters and the like. But nobody is
really talking about gender crisis.
Escapist cinema has its place but
audiences now definitely want
their share of real people and real
stories,” she said.
Anand has been making films
since 1995. She has shifted over
time frommainstream television
production to documentary film-
making to directing feature films.
Most of her work has explored the
areas of culture, religion and
anthropology.
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October 18, 2013
COVER STORY
M
TheWoman
Behind
‘Kajaria’
“People are
making films on
gangsters and
the like. But
nobody is really
talking about
gender crisis.
Escapist cinema
has its place but
audiences now
definitely want
their share of
real people and
real stories”
A Conversation With Filmmaker
Madhureeta Anand
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