In Search of Versatility

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When Aamir Khan is part of a film, there are bound to be talks about his controlling attitude. However, Reema Kagti, the director of his next , Talaash, puts these rumours to rest. "I just locked my final edit. And I can say that it is the film I set out to make," she says. Kagti has waited a long while for her second film. After Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. that released in 2007, she took to writing her second. "But things were somehow not falling into place. It was really frustrating because I am not a patient person. But then I started to believe that things will happen when it is the right time," she says. The movie's delayed release also added to her woes. "All's well that ends well," says Kagti, awaiting the audience verdict on November 30 when Talaash releases.

After a quirky comedy like Honeymoon Travels, one thing Kagti was sure of was to work in a different genre. "As a filmmaker, you constantly need to be challenged. At the end of my life, I want to be remembered as a versatile filmmaker," says Kagti. Talaash with a story bordering on suspense and drama is a film where she needed competent actors and not just stars. Hence, Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor and Nawazuddin Siddiqui were her first choices. "It was very easy for them to keep their persona aside and play the characters they were assigned. We shot at real locations, yet all these actors complied and did not complain even once," she says. With Khan playing the cop, Kagti's biggest challenge was to make his role different from other such characters in films. "I wanted his character to be rooted in emotion but still be mainstream and appealling," she adds.

Kagti may not be among the most popular filmmakers of our time, but her association with Excel Entertainment and her writing partnership with filmmaker Zoya Akhtar have made her a part of one of Bollywood's most distinguished camps. But Kagti did not have a typical Bollywood upbringing. She was born and brought up in Assam, and while in school, used to write plays and short stories. "I also contributed to magazines such as Tinkle. I loved writing and did it whenever I got the opportunity," she recalls.

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