Divya Khosla Kumar can't stop grinning from ear to ear. Her debut directorial affair, YAARIYAAN, has done well at the box office, especially with the youth. For a film which was largely panned by the critics, it is the first time director who is enjoying the final laugh. Not worried about the fact that she hardly got any 'stars' to her name from most quarters, Divya is actually seeing it as a positive sign.
'I guess the films which are lashed out by the critics are the ones that actually do well. That has happened in the past as well and this is the case with YAARIYAAN too,' says the pretty filmmaker who has directed hordes of music woman videos in the past before making a switch to film direction, 'I am actually happy that I am not one of those directors who is getting critical acclaim but no audience. It is better this way that my film is being lapped up by the youth. I am better off seen as a female Rohit Shetty who keeps her audience happy than critics.'
She does feel strongly though that perhaps for some of the critics who are busy nitpicking her work, the film was way too ahead of its times.
'Now if only they would have seen deeper into YAARIYAN,' she sighs, 'Do you know I slogged for one and a half years before I got the entire casting right? Then I was nine months pregnant when I was in Sikkim for the film's recce. Later when my son was just six months old, I tagged him along for my second recce. Now even during the film's promotional activities, he has been in my lap. I made the film with a lot of passion and after a lot of sacrifices. I am glad that the audience has given the film thumbs up. This is what eventually matters,' signs off Divya with a smile.