Several incidents. Not only the Park Street rape incident, but from different anecdotes and experiences that my female friends have shared with me. It’s a culmination of all of that. It’s a story that everyone can identify with. It’s a strong comment from our end that women shouldn’t be taken for granted. Don’t judge women and stop moral policing against them. When I shared the idea with Shoojit (Sircar), he said that it must be made in Hindi, for a larger audience. It’s a wonderful collaboration that I am enjoying right now, for it is no more a film, it has become a cause. Shoojit had met Mr Bachchan and just shared a two-liner with him about the theme of the film and he agreed. I had not even narrated the script to him. He didn’t even know that I was directing it.
Yes. Absolutely. I didn’t want stars in my film, but actors who could become powerful characters. We wanted to make a real film. It was a conscious decision. Exactly. I had never seen Taapsee’s films before casting her. But, she had done a film with Shoojit, which is not yet released. He recommended her name for the role, saying ‘she is fiery’ and she did a wonderful job. It was extremely smooth. I didn’t have any problems while working the technicians in Bombay. In fact, they were cooperative. Apart from the emotional turmoil, which is always there while making a film, there were no glitches. I am working on a Bengali film and have a story in mind for the Hindi audience as well. But now, I want to take a break and enjoy the adulation.