Divya Khosla Kumar Curated
Indian Director , Producer, Actor
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What does Yaariyan mean to you ?
I am ambitious. And more than pretty, I consider myself talented. I would often hide my looks behind my specs. My son Ruhaan was on the set with me and he was just one when I started directing. Bhushan came for only four days during the shoot. So I feel that my son is the true producer of the film. It’s difficult to be a mother and even tougher to be a director. I was doing both together. If it succeeds, it will not just be the success of the film, but of the principle that a girl without stooping down and compromising on her morals, keeping her dignity intact, can do it in this man’s world. And that if you are intelligent and talented, every woman can reach where she wants to. We women are stronger than men and need not feel insecure. Even if it takes longer, your destiny will always come to you. I consider myself God’s child. I came to Mumbai to achieve my destiny and I have to achieve it with this film. There is no other way.
Is it tougher or any different for women in this field ?
Making films is a tough business; it is like being in a war zone. Every director will identify with it. For women, it is tougher. We don't have many successful women directors in mainstream cinema. Farah Khan has made big commercial films and achieved success; it gives more strength and power to women. As Bhushan's wife I didn't want to piggyback on a star's shoulder. I took the risk and I had to believe in my own talent. Also, I work only day shifts, no night shifts for me. I need to reach home and spend time with my son. I guess the first priority for most Indian women is their family and then their career.
So you work as hard as any other director making a film for the banner ?
I didn't become a director overnight. I didn't step in one day and say, 'Oh I want to make a film, let's do it'. I have worked hard and trained myself for years. Initially, Bhushan was not comfortable about me directing a movie. He was worried about how I would deal with all the criticism that came with it. So he kept discouraging me for eight years, while I kept convincing him. I directed music videos for the company that became a hit and I won his confidence. He is a sharp businessman and is protective about the brand of his company. He won't let his wife do anything on her whims and fancy if it ruins the company's reputation. No one has seen my struggle. I have worked hard to reach here. I am a pretty face so people don't want to give me that much credit. Jinhe nahin maanna hai, I can't help it.
Despite enjoying the perks of being a producer's wife, you had to struggle ?
No matter who you are and where you are' struggles will always be a part of the journey. Even the biggest superstars of the country have to struggle to sustain their position and power. I know I am blessed with so much, and people keep reiterating that I am Bhushan Kumar's wife, but I always stay grounded. Main kuch bhi ban jau life mein, I will never let it go to my head. I still consider myself a middle-class girl. Even today, while leaving a room I turn off the lights and teach my son the same values. I have a lot, but I don't take anything for granted.
What's the reason that the directors make reprise version of a song or a movie ?
It's said that you are a strict director. Is it true ?
What's the reason behind choosing director as a profession ?
Do you use Instagram as an audition tool?
Who urged you to come back as an actor in the industry?
What is the biggest change that you have seen in the film industry?
How was your journey of acting as a profession?
How was your experience in the film industry when you entered into the profession of directing and acting?