Exclusive: Karmma Calling Director Ruchi Narain: “Male Stars Should Have More Faith In Female Directors”

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Exclusive: Karmma Calling Director Ruchi Narain: “Male Stars Should Have More Faith In Female Directors”

Every industry comes with its own set of struggles, especially when it comes to gender politics. Speaking about the entertainment industry, which is touted to be one of the most influential platforms for money making and talent acquisition. Many times, popular female producers, filmmakers and actresses have come out and spoken about biased behaviour in terms of pay parity, projects and screen time. Whatever everybody says, equality in this aspect is still a long road.

 

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Speaking about her struggles as a female filmmaker during the current era of Bollywood, popular director Ruchi Narain shares a piece of her mind. Currently promoting her latest project–Karmma Calling for Disney + Hotstar, Narain’s candid confessions illustrated the current status of female filmmakers in the industry. When asked about her personal struggles and journey, Ruchi said–”Thankfully I do not face many struggles now, as compared to when I started out. When I started, it was not just that I was a woman, but also that I was young, I wasn’t brought up in India, so I was a little westernised, had an accent, and there was a list of negatives. But of course, through the years, it also becomes easier when your work comes out.”

 

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She added–”The biggest struggle is to make something. Whether it is a film, television, or show. After that, it becomes progressively easier, as you struggle to get more and more work. Today, with that kind of work body, you already of trust in say actors and platforms, so all those things make the ride smoother. It also depends on the kind of projects that you pursue.”

 

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Adding to this, I asked Ruchi to share a change she wishes to see in the coming future, to which she responded–”I would like to see more trust in women with big budgets. I still feel male stars don’t fully trust working with women directors. I wanna see those changes. That really needs to improve.” Speaking about budgets and trust, Narain’s valid points also reminded us about the many times when film producer Rhea Kapoor and many big Bollywood actresses spoke about the need to get an equal opportunity and be treated at par with their male counterparts.

 

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On the professional front, Ruchi Narain directed Disney + Hotstar’s latest show–Karmma Calling, starring Raveena Tandon, Namrata Sheth, and Varun Sood in pivotal roles. The show is slated to release on January 26, 2024.

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Jasveen Kaur Sawhney

Jasveen Kaur is a fashion writer, and pyjama hoarder, who loves watching interviews of all kinds, and checking her Pinterest mood board every hour!

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