Tisca Chopra: It’s a different experience to write and act in one’s own story
At a time when women directors are being applauded for exploring fresher content, Tisca Chopra is pushing the envelope by producing and acting in the stories that she is also creating. After acting for more than two decades and being a part of films like 'Taare Zameen Par', 'OMG! Oh My God', 'Qissa' and 'Highway', she stepped behind the camera to narrate a story she firmly believed in. 'Chutney', her first outing as a independent producer (along with her partner Vipul D Shah) and co-writer, was applauded at various festivals, widely accessed on web platforms and even picked awards for its content. Tisca says, "Creativity needs conviction, not committees. Chutney is a story that I had performed many years ago on stage when I wasn't allowed as a young actor inside Prithvi Theatre. It grew in my head and was bursting out of me. A leading short-film platform gave us the opportunity to make it the way it deserved to be made. When you believe in something from within your soul, you tend to find like-minded people who make challenges seem pretty easy to deal with." As far as her upcoming projects are concerned, Tisca has spent the last few months working on the scripts of her forthcoming films — Dilliwale Bhatias, a full-fledged feature and Chhuri — Finally Chopped, a short which stars Anurag Kashyap. She sums up saying, "It's a different experience to write and act in one's own story. When I started looking at some spectacular work in the West like Blind Side and Fargo, I realised that the result is more impactful when actors get more involved behind the scenes. That triggered Chutney (winner of two Filmfare Awards) and a brand new journey that has just begun."
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