Why another film on Indira Gandhi?
It's the first film on her. Aandhi was fictional, inspired by Maharani Gayatri Devi entering politics. The only resemblance it had to Mrs Gandhi was Suchitra Sen's portrayal of the character.
Is this film fictional too?
No, it is drawn from her real life.
Will you be covering her entire life?
Yes, from her childhood to her death, including her marriage, the Emergency and her weakness for Sanjay. It will be a balanced film, affectionate but not glossing over her faults.
Who's playing Mrs G?
We are still searching. I personally prefer a newcomer.
Why not someone from Bollywood?
The image would get in the way of the portrayal. But it's up to the director.
Have you found a director as yet?
Anybody on the shortlist?
Talks are on with several directors, including Shekhar Kapur, Govind Nihalani, Gulzar, and some newcomers too.
What are you looking for in your director?
Someone I can work closely with—my first...