It's not wrong to say that Zoya Akhtar is one of the finest directors in the entertainment world and she has proved herself with mind-blowing movies like Luck by Chance, Zindagi Na Millegi Dobara and Dil Dhadakne Do. Her films are famous for going deep into the real life struggles of people living in the urban areas. With her next movie, Gully Boy starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt hitting the silver screens next month, she sat down in an interview that touched some major issues with the Hindi film industry today.
She discussed about the fee structure in movie industry which really needs to change as the hard-working technicians aren't paid enough. "The one thing is fee structure. I think actors get paid a lot and technicians don't get paid enough and I think that it should change because a good film, which is like a complete package, needs every single member of that team. I think we need to pay them more," Zoya said when she was asked what is the one thing which she wishes to change in the entertainment industry.
Further talking about how can the film industry and filmmakers like her can contribute in bringing about that change, she said, "As film makers or any artiste that put work out there, what you are doing on your level is that you are putting consciousness out into the world. So when you look around you and you see things that bother you and disturb you or you want to give it another perspective or you want to look at something from another angle, you have that opportunity and platform to do so. So, I think people who are aware and I don't mean you have to make socially relevant films and have a message in each film. Even if it's a completely entertaining film, your politics will come out... So I think you should just be aware of what you want the world to be like and somewhere put it through your films."
She also talked about her forthcoming film Gully Boy and said the story based in her own city Mumbai and thus is very close to her heart."I like the genre of music, I like the idea of coming-of-age on a sense and it's an underdog story. It's the story about a boy...so everything attracted me to it, every single thing. And it's a story about my city and Mumbai is a very special place.It's one place where I honestly believe that anything can happen. Like you can go this way and be up there and you can go that way and fall down. You can literally feel the heat around the corner and this place is magic. If you sit here and all of it put together, it's just very exciting, I just couldn't resist."
According to Zoya, Alia and Ranveer hardly make a unique pair. "I am sure lot of people want to pair Alia and Ranveer. We wrote the part with Alia in mind and Ranveer in mind. So there was no question and we loved that they both said 'yes'."
ZNMD director also revealed what is so distinctive about her next movie, Gully Boy. "This one is different because it's maybe because your circumstances maybe completely different and your experience in life in terms of the way you navigate it and negotiate it maybe completely different. But if you can empathise with a character and if you can emotionally resonate with that character and understand their emotional journey, I think you are home. If you can recognize that in people, I think you can contribute to their story. You needn't have lived that life. I mean tomorrow if I want to make a film about a queen that lived in the 15th century, I can't be like I can't make it. I should be able to make it. I should take that story and find that humanity in that story because everyone is a human being and we only operate in that gamut of emotions. So if we can resonate with that, I think that's what it is."
The intriguing film, Gully Boy, is co-produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. It is slated to hit the big screens on 14 February, 2019. Gully Boy is a film said to be based on the life of rapper Divine and will be having its world premiere at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.