My husband was not confident about my work earlier: Divya Khosla Kumar
Divya Khosla Kumar opens up about the destiny that brought her behind the cameras
DIVYA KHOSLA KUMAR started her career with Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo in 2004 with actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, and Bobby Deol. A year later, she got married and quit films. She then trained herself creatively for eight years before taking the role of director with Yaariyaan that was a box office hit. She is now back wearing the director's hat with Sanam Re. Excerpts from our conversation with Divya.
What does Sanam Re mean to you?
Sanam Re is a pure love story and it answers a lot of questions about love and finding your soul mate. It also questions finding your own happiness. We see a lot of rom coms these days but a pure love story like Yash Chopra used to make is very rare to find. And I am very inspired by him. So taking him as my inspiration I have tried to make a very pure love story.
Making a film is not an easy process, what were the challenges that you faced while shooting Sanam Re?
I just followed my destiny. I am from Delhi and I was doing modelling there and then I came to Mumbai and started acting. I did one film called Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyoen with Akshay Kumar. Then I got married and learned cinematography and editing. For eight years I trained myself behind the scenes and I was also directing a lot of music videos. After that, I was very confident that I will be able to make a good film. so I started with Yaariyaan, it took me a lot of time to make that film. My husband was not so confident about my work at that time. It took me five years to make that film, even though I shot it in 2-3 months but the pre-production took five years. When the film released and became a hit, I was really encouraged. Then I started work on my second film. I think if we work hard then destiny also plays a very important role in it. Every film has a destiny of its own. Sometimes the story takes a film maker on a journey.
Do you miss being in front of the camera?
I have been too busy training myself as a creative person and understanding the technical aspect of film making. There has been a lot of growth in me. I acted in one film ten years back and people are still curious about my acting. I thought, this time, I will do a full stop on the question and do a dance number. So I did a special dance number in this film.
Yami just revealed to us that you are a tough task-master. Do you agree with this title?
Rather than being a tough task master, I would call myself a passionate director. I love cinema and I am a perfectionist. So I try to see that perfection in each and every department. I go completely prepared and organised on the sets. If anyone faulters or delays then that really annoys me and I become the tough task master!
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