Filmmaker Paromita Vohra: A different perspective
Which of your films is the closest to your heart?
UnLimited Girls will always be special because I explored my creative language in an unlimited way. It was a film replete with questions and insights about feminism that came from my own lived experience and quest. I wanted to explore feminism’s histories, legacies, and futures with respect to love and desire, and the contradictions involved in living by certain policies and philosophies.
What makes you laugh out loud?
My nine-year-old niece. Her goofiness is the purest form of fun. Otherwise, I like humour that’s droll and self-deprecating. Hasan Minajh makes me laugh, especially all the older characters he speaks with who diss him. I also like witty and absurd humour like in The Marvellous Mrs Maisel.
What have you learnt from your sex education platform, Agents of Ishq?
People share their sexual and romantic experiences and questions with incredible frankness on the site. One of our big learnings is that heterosexual men don’t have a place or way to talk about their confusions and feelings. There is also shame—either about sex itself, or about not having sex too. But most of all, Indians really want to have honest, open, non-judgemental conversations about sex, love, and desire.
How did your comic book, Priya’s Mirror come about?
When Ram, the creator of Priya, asked me to write the comic I said ‘yes’ in about 30 seconds. Partly, it was my curiosity about working on a new thing, as I’d never written a comic before. Priya’s Mirror is a story about the possibilities in the idea of love, rather than power, to create change. What I loved about working on a comic was that it allows you to talk about huge ideas in an emotional way without sounding corny. It’s a powerful combination of putting dramatic ideas and actions in compressed frames.
Have you ever thought of making a Bollywood film?
I would like to make a fiction film full of songs, fantasy, and large-heartedness. All in the tradition of far older ones, where there was a certain innocent celebration of city and pleasure in Hindi cinema. As a die-hard SRK fan, I think you know the answer to who I hope would be a part of the film at least! Why curb one’s fantasies, I say!
Tell us about your future projects.
An art installation called The Love Latika is in the works. It will be a room full of love-sex-poetry that will play inside flowers
on a magic creeper. Also, I am writing a book about living alone, an animated video essay on the history of marriage law.