By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, Sep 6, After making a movie on communal riots, actress-turned-director Nandita Das is set to go back to direction once again to make a film on flesh trade.
Set in Gujarat, her directorial debut “Firaaq” took a look at the lives of people after the 2002 violence. This time it’s an international film called “Trafficking”.
Written by Siddharth Kara, who has researched extensively on the subject of human trade, “Trafficking” will tell the story of three sex workers from India, Nigeria and Ukraine.
Apparently when the producers, Luca Guadagnino of First Sun Pictures in Italy and Elizabeth Stanley saw Nandita’s directorial debut “Firaaq”, they were convinced she was the right person to direct “Trafficking”.
Though the 40-year-old is busy being a mother for the first time, she cannot resist the temptation of wielding the megaphone. And the big question is how will Nandita divide her time between her son Vihaan, who was born Aug 11 this year, and directing a new film?
“The producers approached me at the end of last year and we have been in serious talks since then. I met the writer, Siddharth Kara in London earlier this year and have been giving my inputs for the next draft of the script. The producers are well aware of Vihaan in my life and sensitive to it,” said the actress who is married to Subodh Maskara, an industrialist.
Nandita is in no hurry to shoot.
“The basic pre-production starts only after March next year and the shoot will be done when I completely feel up to it. As being a mother is something new for me, I am taking one step at a time.
“But we are all committed to working together on this film. It is big and challenging project and lot of work is needs to be done before the actual shoot. In a few months taking care of Vihaan and also starting the preparatory work on the film should be possible. It will keep my creative juices flowing!”
Her son will not have miss his mom. “Vihaan will be on the shoot with me. He will see his mama work,” said the actress who carved a niche for herself with award winning performances in “Bawander”, “Kamli” and “Amaar Bhuvan”.