Woman of Substance
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She adds that the world is yet to get rid of sexism, racism and classism. In 1984, she won the first prize in a playwriting competition and, despite promises by LBC Radio and other organisations, no one staged or broadcast her work. "So, I set up my own theatre company, Navrang Theatre, in 1992, and encouraged new writing by other women writers," she says.
Discrimination forms the basis of her first film. "What colour we are is determined genetically, and it is a gamble, hence the name, Throw of a Dice," explains Chazelle.
The protagonist of the film is Duncan, who is born is London but is of Trinidadian descent. The storyline explores how the murder of his brother changes his life and how he attempts to protect his unborn child using science. The film has a British cast, and the music is by Chazelle's son, Vikram Sharma. It took Chazelle 10 years to get the funding and script together as well as research on genetics. Screening the film, she adds, was an equally uphill journey.
Her next project, on the Kohinoor diamond, explores the subject beyond the colonial loot. She is also planning to stage her play, Leave my Hair Alone at the Tagore Theatre soon.