While we wrapped up our conversation discussing about the future of cinema and opportunities for women in cinema, RD said something very beautiful and I think I have screamed about it out loud on many occassions: the need for women to support each other, collaborate and look out for each other and to break the spells of stardom and films that get released at the merit of familial legacy. The pathetic situation that a filmmaker faces, when despite her film being outstanding, unless she breaks down the walls of distribution monopoly, is just inconsolable.
We talked about how films get recognized in festivals abroad and suddenly they become the subject of desire and awe! It is true, AIG itself was one such film and there are so many such across languages. Of course, every beautiful film has to go through the horror of censor: a self-anointed committee of irrevocable tragedy – if it did manage to get the attention inside India in the first place.
She is very excited about her upcoming films, one in Malayalam, one in Bengali and a Hindi film by a British filmmaker – with characters that are quite different and challenging from one another.
There is also a beautiful side to her, a side, which she thinks, every individual must possess. RD gives a lot of her time to charity, not for profit activities. During the Nepal earthquake, RD who was in Kashmir, traveling – flew down to Borle and spent a lot of time to rehabilitate women and orphaned children. She also spent a significant amount of time at the Dharavi as a part of Dharavi diaries and also given about 7 months and ongoing in the cleaning of beaches. She doesn’t believe in identifying a cause and working towards it, rather she offers her time to any cause handy, at any given point possible. A very noble and appreciable quality – something innate in people pursuing arts in its truest sense.