Meghna Gulzar: We tend to use the word ‘biopic’ very loosely

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Mumbai, Oct 14 (IANS) Writer-director Meghna Gulzar, who is busy wrapping up her next release “Chhapaak”, says that making a film on a real-life subject that is well known is always tough.

Meghna, whose upcoming film is based on the true account of the acid-attack survivor Laxmi Aggarwal, also said that we tend to use the word ‘biopic’ rather loosely.

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“I would like to bring it to notice that we tend to use the word ‘biopic’ very loosely. Sometimes there is a story that you want to tell and that story can be told through a main character, with the story of his/her life around it. You may or may not follow the journey of that character chronologically from birth to death, If you do so, that is technically a biopic,” said Meghna, who was present at the 21st Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star.

“I also disagree with the fact when people say that making a biopic is the easiest way to tell a story. Sometimes, telling a story that is already known is perhaps more difficult than telling an unknown story,” added the filmmaker who has made films such as “Raazi” and “Talwar”, based on real-life incidents.

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Added Amit Sharma, the “Badhaai Ho”-famed director: “I think we have a lot of stories in our country that have not been told, that remain unnoticed. I am making a biopic right now, only because I felt it is an important story. I loved the character and the contribution he made. I am not making a biopic just because there is a trend of the biopic is going on.”

Currently Amit is directing “Maidaan”, based on the life of the Indian football legend Syed Abdul Rahim.

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