24 November, 2020

Nandita Das

On Aks and the "commercial" versus "art" divide in Bollywood

Nandita Das
Surprised by Aks' failure?
Hits or flops never bother me.

What do you then look for in a film before signing it?
The story, the director and the role. I must be able to relate to the role.

Was Aks your cup of tea?
That's a subjective perception. Experiments need not be successful everytime.

But then, it also didn't give you a foothold in Bollywood.
I don't see films between the brackets of art and commercial cinema. These are merely superficial tags. I think Aamir Khan is as 'commercial' an actor as Amitabh Bachchan.

Why Aks? You didn't really have a role in the movie.
But then, I was never under any illusion that this is a film about me!

Was your role believable?
Yes. I play Supriya who's a loving wife, a mother, and a woman with a mind of her own.

Is the Hindi film industry too Bollywoodish for you?
For me, there are only two categories, good and bad cinema.

Do you only like socially relevant roles?


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