08 May, 2021

Hanif Kureishi

An Oscar nominee, the author and filmmaker is all set for a new release

Hanif Kureishi
A screenplay writer, a playwright and novelist—how do you shift from one role to the other?
I just go from one to the other the moment I am bored with a particular form. All it involves is writing.

Though born and based in England, your work has a distinct subcontinental influence. Comment.
My father came from India. That is the world I know. Immigration, exile, living in a strange country, the question of identity— these aspects form the subject matter of my works.

What explains the tension and conflict among characters in your works?
I don't want the plots to slow down unnecessarily, and the elements of conflict and tension among characters are essential to make my stories move.

How do you view your contemporaries from India?
I liked The Golden Gate by Vikram Seth. I also liked the first novel of Amitav Ghosh. But frankly, I don't read much.

So, what brings you to India?
Nothing specific. It's my first visit in the '90s. I have come to see the Taj and travel.

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