Often we come across people, who complain that had their parents paid heed towards their career, they would have been somewhere else in life. But, here we have Shagufta Rafique, whose success story is as tragic as that of a tragic Hindi film.
“I think I can never write or make films, which are away from reality. So, my films may not be flowery or full of ‘chaka-chaund”
– Shagufta Rafique, Writer
From dancing in bars to writing stories of Bollywood films, it might seem a long journey, but it has not been easy for Shagufta. She says, “My whole life has been a sad journey with immense pain.
“Perhaps, this is the reason that the stories which I write dominate with sorrows, helplessness and broken hearts,” adds Shagufta.
We interacted with the lady, who was recently in Chandigarh to talk about her upcoming directorial debut Punjabi film Dushman. The film is based on Indo-Pak relationship and is hitting theatres on March 3.
Although, she calls her childhood experiences “vulnerable”, these incidents made Shagufta understand life, love and much more.
“I feel that I have hijacked the sad genre of filmmaking. Everyone is making rom-coms, thrillers and happily ever after love stories. But, I haven’t seen any of these in my life ever,” Shagufta says with a sigh.
She continues, “I think I can never write or make films, which are away from reality. So, my films may not be flowery or full of ‘chaka-chaund’.”
At the same time, the writer-turned director feels that Bollywood is drifting away from Indian love stories, and this is the reason that most of the romantic films fail to impress audience.
“You might have noticed that today our love stories are becoming more western. No doubt it is actually happening in India, but people haven’t applauded such films. I personally believe that the essence of Indian love can’t be replaced. So, there’s a lot of Indianness in the love stories that I write,” beams Shagufta, who literally has made people cry with her love stories like Awarapan, Aashiqui 2 and Jism 2 among others. Last but not the least; she plans to continue with making serious and emotional films, despite thinking much about “kya chalega kya nahin.”
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