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“I would never give Aamir the role of a college student”

Madhur Tankha
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Fresh ideas:Hollywood productions never make their aging superstars play youngsters which young film-maker Tishaa Khosla feels is the main distinction between American and Indian films.
Fresh ideas:Hollywood productions never make their aging superstars play youngsters which young film-maker Tishaa Khosla feels is the main distinction between American and Indian films.

An assistant director in Salman Khan-starrer ‘ Bodyguard’ , Chandigarh-based film-maker Tishaa Khosla is now giving finishing touches to an untitled film which is a mix of comedy, romance and action.

Twenty-two-year-old Tishaa says the new film has been shot in Lutyens’ Delhi. “We have also covered Gurgaon and Noida. But the film neither focuses on the cultural life of the city nor is it about the people who live there. It has loads of comedy and is a typical commercial venture,” says Tishaa, who is assistant director in this venture.

In ‘ Bodyguard ’, produced by Salman’s brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri, Tishaa got practical training. It was different from what all she had studied at New York Film Academy in Los Angeles.

“I learnt how to translate words into action. It was a dream-come-true to work with one of my favourite heroes Salman Khan. His much talked about large-heartedness was visible on the sets when he shared his home cooked lunch with the rest of the unit.”

Though Tishaa is enamoured of the actor, she is not enthused by the idea of making 40-plus actors like Salman play youngsters. “If my film is on college-going students, then it would feature neither Salman nor Aamir. Even though ‘3 Idiots’ was a huge hit, I would never have shown Aamir, who is in his late 40s, play a college student.”

Hollywood productions never make their aging superstars play youngsters. “This is the main distinction between American and Indian films. In our film industry, a 16-year-old is accepted only if he has tried and has emerged successful,” says Tishaa.

Apart from films what keeps Tishaa’s busy is fiction writing. Just like films have been an addiction of sorts for her, writing has been a catharsis.

“I have been sharing my real life experiences in my books. Imagination is used only to make the story a compelling read. At school my classmates ridiculed me for being a Hindi film buff. Uncharitable remarks from my friends gave me a complex. At that age you easily lose your confidence and self-esteem. To get my confidence back, I started penning my thoughts.”

Thanks to encouragement from her peers, she has authored two books.

Tishaa’s second book “Pink Or Black 2” revolves around high drama in school. She has started writing a third one and once it gets completed she plans to release it as last of the trilogy. “But I am not going to rest on my laurels. I will write a film script inspired by my books and hopefully direct a film.”

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