It Was My Toughest Shoot Personally : Zoya Akhtar

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Revolutionizing the film industry with her inimitable vision and direction, Zoya Akhtar has been the driving force behind many successful projects. As one of Zoya’s projects ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ celebrates 5 years, the credit goes to her talent and artistic skills.

Capturing her imagination and giving life to it, Zoya is one of the most successful directors of the industry. Reminiscing over a memorable incident that occurred before the shoot kick off Zoya shared, “It was my toughest shoot personally and if I have to look back right now, I think I would change the title. Because I think the title was kinda flippant for what the film was actually about. I don’t think it gave the gravitas it needed.”

She further adds, “It was a tough shoot, I mean logistically it was tough – 25 key actors on a ship with the crew. We had other passengers on the ship, we couldn’t block the entire ship so we were shooting around that. The ship had a technical problem when we were supposed to roll, so the first 10 days it was docked. This actually turned out to be a blessing for us because we had the ship to ourselves. But for Ritesh, it was a nightmare bcos we were 200 people in Barcelona ready to board the ship and the ship got docked in Marseille in France. I don’t know how he did it, but overnight in 2 days, he had tonnes and tonnes of equipment and we moved to France. So logistically it was insane.”

Zoya is a filmmaker who chooses her projects carefully but when she does, she creates a masterpiece worthy of anything that we can muster. The reason that makes Zoya an icon is that she has a keen eye for qualitative content.

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