Shonali Bose interview
Here's an interesting interview with Shonali Bose, director of Amu. This appeared in the Telegraph a week ago.
"Amu is the realisation of a long-suppressed idea. I was in the first year of my college in Delhi when the 1984 anti-Sikh riots happened. I was deeply impacted by it. I never wanted to be a filmmaker, only an academician. But then my mother passed away under tragic circumstances and I left for the US. But I didn’t like academics. So I became a filmmaker. I needed to write about the mother-daughter relationship. The 1984 riots coalesced with my mother’s death. I realised how important it is to provide comfort to the grieving."
"I never wanted to write! In Delhi, Penguin got hold of the screenplay and they were convinced it’d make a good novel. While I was editing Amu in LA I squeezed the book out. I don’t feel it stands up to the film, though I could put in all the details."