Acclaimed filmmaker Kiran Rao returns to The Toronto International Film Festival with her latest creation, ‘Laapataa Ladies.’ Over a decade after her critically acclaimed debut ‘Dhobi Ghat,’ which also premiered at TIFF, Rao reflects on her journey as a filmmaker, the essence of progressive cinema, her collaboration with ex-husband Aamir Khan, and much more.
A Challenging Journey:
For Rao, creating ‘Laapataa Ladies’ felt like “jumping in the deep end.” The film, a rollercoaster ride set in a rural backdrop, features an array of characters, satire, comedy, and songs. This multifaceted project posed both creative and thematic challenges, drawing Rao to it.
Despite dealing with serious themes, humor plays a prominent role in ‘Laapataa Ladies.’ Rao emphasizes the importance of balance, ensuring that the film remains entertaining while tackling significant issues. The blend of sharp dialogue, situational comedy, and emotions provides a subtle yet engaging cinematic experience.
Mainstream Cinema and Responsibility:
Discussing Indian mainstream cinema, Rao expresses concerns about regressive messaging in films that earn substantial box office revenue. She believes that influential films should aim to promote positive societal change and challenge stereotypes, making them more responsible contributors to society.
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Collaborating with Aamir Khan:
Rao maintains a strong and positive relationship with her ex-husband and producer, Aamir Khan. Their collaboration on ‘Laapataa Ladies’ showcases the possibility of maintaining healthy relationships both personally and professionally. Aamir’s support and involvement were instrumental in bringing the film to life.
‘Laapataa Ladies’ Overview:
Starring Atishay Jain Akhil, Nitanshi Goel, Daood Hussain, and Ravi Kishan, ‘Laapataa Ladies’ tells a captivating story that blends humor, satire, and emotional depth. Kiran Rao directs, with Aamir Khan producing the film.
Kiran Rao’s journey as a filmmaker continues to evolve, as she tackles challenging projects like ‘Laapataa Ladies.’ Her commitment to progressive storytelling and her positive collaboration with Aamir Khan exemplify her dedication to both her craft and her relationships.