Is Godmother a political, gender, communal or social statement?
It's primarily on communal reality. But it also looks at gender bias, corruption, caste politics, power relationships, religion and the subversive system that connects them.
What inspired you to make this film?
There'd be no Godmother without Shabana. The role's unique, unexperimented, powerful.
Is the female don the '90s reincarnation of the '70s angry young man?
The angry young man was a historical necessity. History will tell whether this will start a new genre of films that break the stereotype of women in Hindi films.
This film might not be most people's idea of women empowerment...
This is a film about my own sensibilities and concerns. Women empowerment or violence was never the basis. It emerged in the course of story-telling.
Is the resemblance with Santokben a pure coincidence?
There was Krishan Chander's Dhangaon ki Rani. Jinhamassi of Mumbai's underworld was another character. Santokben came later. Rambhi was crafted out of my need...