Kanika Dhillon on a year of ‘Haseen Dillruba’: Our film got people talking about the work of Surendra Mohan Pathak and Ved Prakash – Exclusive

It’s been a year since Taapsee Pannu and Vikrant Massey’s loaded and risque thriller Haseen Dillruba was released on OTT. It was the perfect reason to speak to the film’s writer and creator, Kanika Dhillon, who has made a habit of dreaming up unique stories with movies like Manmarziyaan, Judgmentall Hai Kya and many more. Recalling the positive comments on her film, Kanika said, “I feel overwhelmed by the kind of love Haseena Dilruba has received from the public and the best part is that the appreciation has come from a wide range of people. “That kind of appreciation gives you a kind of validation to take more risks. Taking creative risks is always very tricky, but validation like this allows you to push the envelope. It just allows a writer like me to go back, to write a little more risky and to push the limits again.

Kanika revealed that Haseen Dillruba’s pulp treatment and vibe were also appreciated. She added, “The attempt to do Haseen was also to bring the groovy pulp stories that we have always had as part of Hindi literature. The works of Surendra Mohan Pathak ji and Ved Prakash ji were brought into the conversation after the movie came out. and that was a huge lesson for me as a writer. We grew up with Sydney Sheldon and James Hadley Chase, but we rarely hear people talk about Hindi pulp writers. Nobody did of films on it or celebrated the huge mass of Hindi pulp literature out there.” This inspired Kanika to tell more stories from the Indian background. She said, “I think Haseen was a window into the heart of India and it proved my instinct that there is a huge opportunity to tell pulp stories from Hindi literature.”

Taapsee’s thrilling film saw a straight-to-OTT release, but that wasn’t why it had edgy, experimental content. Kanika explained, “We had already taken the risk of telling the story for theaters. The pandemic forced the exit of OTT, but it also made us realize that the OTT platform has a lot to offer too. Our film was trending in countries all over the world, and this gave us exposure not only to Indian audiences or theater audiences, but also to audiences in so many countries around the world.

Another big takeaway for Kanika and her husband Himanshu Sharma (writer and producer) was the love Dinesh Pandit’s fictional character received from audiences. She revealed, “We had friends and relatives coming home and everyone asked us where can we find Dinesh Pandit and his books? Himanshu joked with them and said, ‘Ye Kanika ko mooche lagado, yehi. hai Dinesh Pandit”. Our housekeeper and our CA, they all wanted to read Dinesh Pandit’s books. I used to tell them: “Main hi nayi kahani banake tumko suna deti hoon”. a great feeling to see people believe that a fictional character she created was a real person. She said: “No one saw him on screen, but he was in the story somewhere and the people started looking for him in real life. It gave me a different kind of joy.”

We asked her if a sequel to Haseen Dillruba was in the works and she replied, “I’m not denying anything. There’s so much love, I guess you’ll hear from us soon.” Kanika offers many exciting projects. She wrote Raju Hirani’s Dunki which is currently touring with Shah Rukh Khan and Taapsee. She also wrote Raksha Bandhan for Akshay Kumar and Aanand L Rai. She said, “This is the first time Himanshu and I have collaborated and written a movie together, which makes it even more special. This is the first time a writer couple have come together and written a movie. , which makes it unique. Akshay sir used to joke that a couple wrote a movie about a brother and sisters. But Himanshu and I had a great time collaborating and it’s a movie about the celebration of family ties. As Veer, her one-year-old son, took her for some family time, she added, “Besides being a moving film, Raksha Bandhan is also a very important film. ”

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