Noted filmmaker Mira Nair, acknowledged for her revered features like ‘Monsoon Wedding’, ‘The Namesake’ and ‘Salaam Bombay’, opines that creativity is not lasting and thus, artists must continue to develop and nurture their craft.
Nair, who as per PTI was present at a virtual meet of the India Film Project festival on Friday said, "You have to cultivate stamina in your craft and by that I mean you have to practice the craft as much as you can to understand that creative energy is not limitless."
The prolific Indian-American filmmaker also believes its better if film writers obtain inspiration from real-life nuances rather than being reliant on any success mantra.
Adding the significance of being humble and grounded for artistes she said, "Most people look at other movies. Engage in life means, have opinions, to read, like newspapers the stories that came, feed yourself and not think you want to be successful,"
Citing the example of her National Award-winning movie "Salaam Bombay" (1988), the director said that a lot of research was put in to bring the real story of street kids to the big screen.
Filmmaker Nair also disclosed that she was marveled at Veteran Actor Naseeruddin Shah’s work in ‘Zoo Story’ but got disappointed when he said no to Baba, a local drug dealer’s role in Salaam Bombay.
"We had written the role of Baba for Naseer, it was a lust thing, he had to be there. I remember my devastation. I got a phone call from him, he said, 'I will not do it, I didn’t like the character.” She was quoted as saying by PTI
However, Shah recommended that she scout for a suitable actor in Marathi theatre for the role and that's how she discovered Nana Patekar.
She managed to work with Shah however in Monsoon wedding where he was the first actor to come on board.
Talking about Monsoon wedding, her Golden Lion-winning movie, Nair she wanted to create an authentic Indian wedding with genuine real life characters and stories.
"I wanted to have fun; it had to feel like a 'Shaadi' but in reality check version and not ‘Hum Aapke Hai Koun’ version. I called it an intimate family flick. I finally got Nasser as he was the first to be cast. That film never goes away." She added
She also weighed in on how important it is for her to work with the people in her community.
The Indo-American filmmaker recently made her television debut with the six-part BBC drama "A Suitable Boy". The show made its Indian debut on Netflix on Friday.