Writer-Director Tahira Kashyap is having a script on the cards, but she is hesitant to approach her husband Ayushmann Khurrana to play the lead role as she feels he is her ‘senior’ in Bollywood and she requires to achieve a reputation where she ‘deserve(s) to direct him’. She is also not sure about what their on-set dynamic will be like.
Tahira made her directorial debut in 2018 with a short film Toffee, which was a story of two girls defying their class difference for their friendship. She also directed another short movie named Pinni, starring Neena Gupta, which was a part of the anthology Zindagi in Short.
In a recent interview, Tahira disclosed her wish of directing a full-length Bollywood movie and even has a few scripts ready. “For me, it’s one step at a time. I am slowly and gradually moving towards that direction. My short films, ‘Toffee’ and ‘Pinni’ received much appreciation. I have got a couple of stories ready with a motto to make a feature film, but due to lockdown, there is a pause on everything. I am unsure about the future but the dreams and aspirations are certainly there,” she said.
When asked about directing her husband, Tahira said, “I would definitely like to work with him from the perspective of working with a great artist. His growth as an actor is tremendous. But at the same time, he is also a ‘senior’ to me when it comes to experience. So I need to earn myself a couple of films or a position where I deserve to direct him.”
Tahira also added that she is also unsure about their on-set equation, as they are husband and wife. “I am also a bit skeptical because I don’t know how it would as we are real-life partners too. So I don’t know how the situation will be like- will there be lots of argumentation on the sets or we would be maintaining an absolute director-actor decorum. That is something we would get to know,” she said.
Currently, Tahira is staying back at home with Ayushmann and their two children, Virajveer and Varushka. She has started a series called The Lockdown Tales — short stories written and narrated by her. Each story depicts emotions and moments from the everyday lives of people and how they are affected by the lockdown.