The talented director says she should perhaps thank Kamaal R Khan for revealing the story of her recent Aamir Khan-Kareena Kapoor-Rani Mukerji film on Twitter, as some people didn’t get the plot
The writer-director said, “Talaash had 18 cues to tell the viewer that it’s a ghost film. But people still didn’t get it. I wanted the audience to have a sneaking suspicion that Kareena Kapoor’s character was a ghost before Aamir (Inspector Shekhawat) did. Some people got it in the end, and some refused to believe that Kareena was a spirit even after the last scene…. They were like ‘No, it can’t be like that!’. I felt that maybe I should’ve written ‘ghost’ on Kareena’s forehead. ”
She added in jest, “Maybe I should thank KRK (referring to his spoiler tweet on Talaash).” Kamaal R Khan wrote on Twitter after watching Talaash, “Nobody is killer in #Talaash 3 friends killed prostitute Kareena Kapoor and she becomes ghost n help Amir to take her revenge. This is story”.
Reema was speaking at a workshop organised by Women In Film & Television Association (WIFT) India’s Mumbai chapter. The filmmaker showed a scene each from Talaash and her debut film Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. and discussed it with professionals and students who attended the event.
Talaash, said Reema, was not intended to be a film with so many complexities. She wanted to make a ghost movie, but while writing the story along with director Zoya Akhtar, it became a movie about facing your demons and so on.
Zoya also spoke to participants of the workshop. She dissected a scene each from her films Luck By Chance and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and shared the process of writing and shooting them.
WIFT is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at helping women get a foothold in the film and television industry with the help of internships and mentorships. It was first founded in 1973 in Los Angeles as Women in Film. Its India chapter is managed by producer Petrina D’Rozario, Founder President.
WIFT’s advisory board in Mumbai includes Uma da Cunha, casting director, editor, film fest organiser and WIFT Vice-President, Kiran Rao, director, Anupama Chopra, film critic and author, Sooni Taraporewala, director and writer, Vandana Malik, Network18 executive director, Ashvini Yardi, Grazing Goat Pictures, Zarina Mehta, UTV co-founder and Managing Trustee, SHARE, Paromita Vohra, filmmaker, Jeroo Mulla, Head, Social Communications Media department, Sophia Polytechnic, Madhusree Dutta, filmmaker and executive director, Majlis, Lynn De Souza, Chairman & CEO, Lintas Media Group, and Ashni Parekh, legal consultant in media and entertainment.