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Was wonderful working with Kangana Ranaut, says director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari

I had heard a lot of stories... I don’t judge someone by what others tell me: Ashwiny

By Shama Bhagat
  • Published 22.01.20, 4:04 PM
  • Updated 22.01.20, 4:33 PM
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“She is cent per cent a director’s actress. I can work with her a hundred times," said Ashwiny about Kangana Ranaut (in picture). Wikipedia

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, the woman behind the critically acclaimed Nil Battey Sannata and the box-office sweetener Bareilly Ki Barfi, is ready to work with Kangana Ranaut a hundred times more despite many believing that the star is full of tantrums.

Set for the release of her latest directorial Panga with Kangana this Friday, Ashwiny says she literally never had any panga (wrestling) with the Queen actress.  

"I think the word biopic is badly overused. We are story-tellers and we are writing their story inspired by their lives," said Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari on her next film about the life of Sudha Murthy and her husband Narayana Murthy, the Infosys co-founder The Telegraph

“I had heard a lot of stories... I don’t judge someone by what others tell me. Going by my experience I had the most wonderful time working with Kangana. She trusts me and my judgement and I feel we are similar in a lot of ways. In terms of our meticulous planning, clarity, being there and not being confused were my biggest assets. My every shot was ready. I used to tell her about it a day before,” Ashwiny said.

Kangana’s name was the first that came to her mind when she finished scripting, the director added.

Ashwiny said: “She has something unique about her in terms of her character sketch. She’s almost like a chameleon and that’s the beauty about her. She looks good in straight hair and curly hair. She is a visionary and understands and knows where this will go. She trusts that I will not say something and do something else.

“She is cent per cent a director’s actress. I can work with her a hundred times. It is often reported that Kangana interferes in shoots and takes the decisions, something that Aamir Khan has always done. Even Aamir is not like that. Nitesh (Ashwiny’s husband) made Dangal and it was not like that. If you are confident and clear about your work no one can interfere.”

On casting Richa Chadha and Jassie Gill in Panga, Ashwiny said: “I have seen Richa in various roles, which is not at all in my genre of films. She was shooting outside Chennai and she couldn’t hear when I called her. So I asked her to call me. She asked me are you serious that I can play a sportsperson. I said yes and then she heard the script and she was ready. For Jassie, I wanted a fresh face minus inhibitions.”

On choosing kabaddi as the backdrop for the film, Ashwiny said: “Fox Studios has a property for Pro Kabaddi League and it was Rucha Pathak, our creative director, who said if we wanted to make something on kabaddi. It’s such a simple game. You don’t need any props and you can play it with or without shoes. It’s a game for all body types. You need to be strong and gutsy… It’s the oldest game of the country and we have not even promoted it. At least people got to know about the game through the league. I have used a lot of hypothetical situations in the film.”

Planning her next film on the life of Sudha Murthy and her husband Narayana Murthy, the Infosys co-founder, Ashwiny said: “I am producing the film but it’s in the scripting stage. My film is not a biopic. I think the word biopic is badly overused. We are story-tellers and we are writing their story inspired by their lives.”

On the personal front, Ashwiny said she doesn’t watch TV. “I find it a waste of time,” she said. “I read a lot and I love to sleep. Whenever I get time I go off to sleep.

After that I plan to do a 10-day yoga course to relax my mind and body.”

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