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Shy, quiet and elusive; if you think you knew Kiran Rao—aka Mrs. Aamir Khan—you couldn’t be more wrong. Vivacious and intelligent, iDiva discovers Kiran’s talkative side
By RUCHIKA VYAS (iDIVA; January 8, 2010)
Born and raised in Kolkata, Kiran’s liberal upbringing led her to imbibe the city’s culture and performing arts. An Economics and Mass Communications graduate, her interest lay in writing—even as she dabbled in acting, painting, photography and music. Love came knocking when Kiran fell for Bollywood’s perfectionist, Aamir Khan on the sets of Lagaan, her first job as an Assistant Director (AD). Excerpts from the interview…
What led to your foray into filmmaking? When I first came to Mumbai, I didn’t know anyone; I knew I needed a job for sustenance. Since I hadn’t watched many films, I didn’t know who to approach for an AD’s job. So I sent a fax to Subhash Ghaiji’s office request to assist him, but it didn’t amount to anything. Then some friends suggested advertising as a good place to begin. So, I worked in different production houses for a year-and-a-half and learnt the trade. Things took a drastic turn when my friend, Reema Kagti (Director of Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.), offered me a job as an AD on Lagaan. It was my first experience of being on a film set and it changed my life completely; the learning was tremendous. I continued working with Ashutosh Gowarikar on Swades and several TV commercials. From there on, I More >
In the build-up to her first movie, director Kiran Rao talks about being a star wife and birthing Dhobi Ghat
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 21, 2010)
Her directorial debut got a standing ovation at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Indian release is two months away. In her office in Khar, Kiran Rao is smiling from ear to ear. So far, shehas only been a quirky accessory to a famous actor. Now is the time to step out of the wings.
Did you always want to be a part of this industry?
I loved acting in school, but there was no connect with films. We weren’t allowed to see too many. I was in drama clubs and liked to write. These two hobbies connected by the time I finished college. By then, I had developed an interest in photography and felt that I should do something with images. I decided to do Masters in Mass Communications to gain direction. There it started to crystallise that my hobbies were art forms which collaged to make cinema.
I needed to know people, so I started working in commercials. Along the way, my friend Reema Kagti asked if I wanted assist the director on Lagaan.
How did Dhobi Ghat happen?
I wanted to direct a representative of who I am, which helps me find my artistic voice. I started writing it in 2005. Simultaneously, I was working as an associate producer with AK Films. It was quite a journey before I was happy with my script. I didn’t have a preconceived idea, but as it flowed and I shared it More >
Imran Khan won a fan for life while returning from his trip from Chandigarh, where he had gone to promote I Hate Luv Storys. Imran was spotted by 10-year-old Samrat on the flight, who wanted to get a picture clicked with the actor.
Unfortunately, photography is not allowed on flights, so Imran could not oblige him. An eye witness said, “The kid was extremely disappointed. Finally when the flight landed, Imran went up to the kid, hugged him and gave him an autograph.”
Imran also confirmed the incident: “Yeah, I signed an autograph for him and then met him at the airport.” You’ve earned some good karma points there, Imran!
LOOKING AHEAD: Neil Nitin Mukesh
BOMBAY TIMES (January 20, 2010)
There’s constant buzz that actor Neil Nitin Mukesh is set to tie the knot soon. This, after Neil recently admitted that he was no longer single. So is there a wedding date fixed? BT met up with the young, dashing actor to find out more…
How’s 2010 begun for you? The new year has begun really well for me. I’ve started shooting for my film with Pradeep Sarkar. It’s been a tight schedule… I have been shooting for the past ten nights. My clock has gone slightly haywire, but I’m enjoying it!
So you are planning to tie the knot this year? There’s been speculation. I don’t deny that I am dating Priyanka. I would definitely want to make it official at some point, but that we are tying the knot this year is slightly premature to say. Since I hadn’t spoken about her much, these questions have been coming up in people’s minds, I guess. Hence, there’s been a lot of speculation about marriage.
Why have you kept your relationship low-key? It’s not something that I have done strategically. It’s just that I didn’t get a chance to speak about her. Now, it’s all out there and people want to know, so I talk as much as I can.
She is a fashion designer… is she connected with the film industry in any way? Not at all.
On the work front, you were expecting a lot from Jail… Definitely. As far as the film is concerned, I’m very happy with the way it shaped up. I am extremely proud to be a part of Jail. Box office is not in our More >