By Priyanka Bhadani
Actor Shilpa Shukla who portrayed a bold role in the experimental film B.A. Pass, has recently finished shooting for the tentatively titled film, Parivar Times, directed by debutant Ritesh Menon. Made under the banner of Prakash Jha Productions, the film also stars Swanand Kirkire who plays her brother in the film. Parivar… was shot extensively in Mahabaleshwar and is set to release by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, the actor is ready to don the director’s hat with a children’s film, set in Vaishali, Bihar, and have some fun, “behind the camera” as well. She is also working on another one that stars Rishi Kapoor. Shilpa in the meantime was set to begin work on Sujoy Ghosh’s next venture— Durga Rani Singh— in which she plays a prominent part.
The film, has however got stuck as the two actresses (Vidya Balan and Kangana Ranaut) for the lead have opted out of it in the last two months. “Since no actor has been finalised for the lead role, most likely the shooting of the film would only begin next year and thus I am trying to put my energies in the right direction,” says Shilpa as she talks about her debut directorial venture.
The film is backed by the Children’s Film Society of India, and is based on a chapter from A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. “It’s a film that is very close to my heart. It’s a story about a seven-year-old girl, Phool Kumari, who realises her potential after testing times in her life,” says Shilpa, who is giving final touches to the script.
In fact, the actor has been quite interested in writing for sometime now. She informs that even after Chak De when she was out of work, she wrote two scripts along with a friend. “We have shown it to a few people in the industry and have got a good feedback. But both the scripts are big-budget films and ambitious and thus I want to work on the children’s film first,” she says.
Shilpa has also been offered a part in B.A. Pass 2, but she is still contemplating whether to take it up. “I would rather like to assist Ajay (Bahl) instead of acting in it. I have been thinking of assisting a director for a long time. When Anurag (Kashyap) was making Gangs of Wasseypur, I asked him as well. But he just laughed it off and it never happened. But now that I want to direct, I really want to assist someone. Ajay is the best option, as I love the way he works,” he says.