While writer Shagufta Rafique had kept a low profile in the past year, in 2015, she is optimistic about making her directorial debut. Although her pet project, Narak has been stalled due to casting issues, Rafique has now diverted her attention to penning a love story, which she shall direct with newcomers. Narak is the story about a rape victim and how she emerges from her pathos post the traumatic incident.
“I am unable to fathom the reason why I am having this problem with the casting. Although Richa Chada, Ali Fazal were initially roped in to do the film, I felt that they did not fit the bill. As I had mentioned earlier, the canvas of the film is so huge that I need to cast an established name to do justice to the story. I have decided that instead of writing intense stories, I shall now concentrate on writing a love story which will have newcomers,” says Rafique.
According to the writer there are two categories of actors that work in the industry—established stars or rank newcomers. “It is risky to cast actors that belong to the middle rung. For Narak, the only known people are Mahesh Bhatt and Pooja Bhatt. Since I have no standing as a director, I shall wait for the opportune moment,” she says. Presently, working on the love story, Rafique will complete it by April and begin shooting for it in July so that the film is ready for release by the year end.
This year, three films for which she has penned the dialogues— Vishesh Films’ Alone, Vikram Bhatt’s film for which he has penned the story and the Vidya Balan starrer Hamaari Adhuri Kahaani shall release this year.