After receiving a standing ovation at the Toronto International film festival for her debut directorial film English Vinglish, Gauri Shinde got an almost similar response at the Marrakech film festival recently. What made this special for Gauri is that apart from the regular festival audience, the film was seen by “the junta (about 15,000 people) and they loved it”.
“Every country has a different and unique audience and the fact that they all are liking it is great,” says Gauri. Ask her if she now feels the pressure to better her first film and the director is nonchalant. “I made my first film without external pressure or expectations. I have the satisfaction of having done a good job and right now I am just lying back and feeling it. I work at a slow pace and when I get a good idea or concept I will think about it. I am not in a hurry, I want to make a good film,” says Gauri, whose film was based on her mother who inciedentally has not stopped celebrating since the film was a hit.
“She’s been on a high,” smiles Gauri who is now looking forward to the TV premiere of the film this week. “So many women who were not able to get out and watch the film will be able to do that and I am excited to see the reaction,” beams the director.
While Gauri is taking it easy, it is her husband and filmmaker R Balki’s turn to make a film. “We have to shoot alternately as we need the support of each other,” confesses Gauri. Though Balki’s film is being scripted, it goes without saying that it will star his favourite actor Amitabh Bachchan in a pivotal role. “The rest of the cast is yet to be finalised,” informs Gauri.