Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari: “ By working on Narayan’s life story, Sudha Murthy has been a lifelong learning ”
Filmmaker Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari has worked to bring the story of an actual couple, Infosys NR co-founder Narayana Murthy and writer Sudha Murthy to screen for months, and says it’s not not just a movie but a life experience. She spent most of last year’s coronavirus-induced nationwide lockdown writing the film, with Shreyas Jain, Piyush Gupta and the filmmaker’s husband, director Nitesh Tiwari attached as co-writers.
In an interview with PTI, Iyer Tiwari said learning about the history of the Murthys had a profound impact on her personally.
“Working on the life story of Mr. Narayan Murthy and Ms. Sudha Murthy has been a lifelong learning experience. Their story also makes you think about your priorities and purpose in life outside of the job you do. It’s not a movie, it’s a life experience and I know deep down that this will be my most empowering and cherished movie in life, ”said the director.
The team is currently in the final stages of writing the script with the goal of starting filming shortly. But before that, the director of acclaimed dramas like Nil Battey Sannata, Bareily Ki Barfi and Panga, would also delve into her OTT debut, Faadu.
Iyer Tiwari said she was “scripting” with writer Saumya Joshi for the SonyLIV Original, billed as an “intense love story”.
The filmmaker will begin assembling her team and planning for pre-production in May, until the situation becomes safe again for filming, which is currently on hiatus in Maharashtra due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.
“We will be working from home, using the Internet and home work training this year. Also, what we are learning from this pandemic is to keep doing your job and be ready to go out into the field when the time is right and everyone feels it’s a bright, normal day again.
The pandemic crisis in the country has also prompted the launch of the filmmaker’s first fictional novel, “Mapping Love,” which was due to arrive next month. While Iyer Tiwari was eager to share the book and her joy with the world, the director wondered if there would be happiness when “we see each other and our loved ones are not in a good space?
“How do you celebrate your happiness when a treacherous surprise virus hit our lives.” Hoping that all will be well and that we will see clearer days than normal days. I would like to celebrate my first launch as an author with everyone who loves to read, with my mom, aunts and uncle, my friends and everyone who celebrates the process of creating all kinds of art forms. Until then, we pray for everyone and heal, ”she added.
On Thursday, the 41-year-old filmmaker completed five years of her directorial debut feature Nil Battey Sannata.
Titled by Swara Bhasker, the film sparked Iyer Tiwari’s Bollywood journey of chronicle stories of small town women fighting for their right to dream and love – as seen even in his other two feature films Bareily. Ki Barfi and Panga.
The director said her biggest advantage over the five years in the industry has been not taking any opportunity to create art for granted. It also made the director realize that filmmaking – which she described as an extension of her passion for storytelling – was not just a one-person medium.
“The journey of films or any form of medium to tell stories is long for creators where everything has to synchronize, from the script to the actors involved in production, marketing, distribution and audience reaction. It’s the cumulative effort of a chain of humans like a relay race who believe in the one idea you have and diligently carry it out, ”she added.
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