Writing DO PAHAR

Shazia Shrivastava

Mum and I have always shared an enviable relationship. I remember tagging along with her on film shoots, hauling her shopping bags through the packed Bhuleshwar markets in Mumbai and travelling by the Mumbai local buses during her days as a Costume Designer and Set Dresser. I was, eleven or twelve, I think. And we used to have these lofty conversations about life, work, financial independence, freedom, marriage, men… We confided in each other about everything. On my sixteenth birthday we escaped to a neighboring city and spent the night drinking beer, just the two of us alone. There were things I knew about her that nobody else did. And of course she had her 'mother moments' of don't do this or that but overall she was never restrictive. And she was quite wild herself which is what I loved about her. So I guess we've always had this synergy. And both of us wanted to be writers/filmmakers. She possibly influenced my decision to make films… We both share a similar world view. And even when we don't it's a perfect work relationship because we don't have to be careful with each other and spend hours wording how we'll tell each other that most of our ideas are crap.

Most of the co-writing was attempted over frozen Google chat windows and was actually written over the phone in opposing time zones.

As the script developed, what excited me about the story was the unlikely bond between two people who apparently, couldn't be more different. Yet, while she kindles humanity in him, the killer, by his very nature, is an open invitation to confess her darkest desires.

With him there is no fear of judgment or moral policing. And honestly there was no one else in the world she could dare confide in.

Sunayana Nadkarni-Prabhu, my clone, support, critic and a very gifted writing grad from UCLA gave me constant notes, ideas and wrote the Marathi dialogues.

Sharifa Roy

My daughter and I are more than just mother and daughter. We encourage each other to live our lives to the fullest and explore people, situations and relationships. We watch the world around us, grab what excites us and it quickly goes into our writing. We have similar ideologies and have always shared everything even when she was too small to comprehend what was actually happening around her.

Writing Do Pahar as been very arduous as it was completely written long distance. Overcoming the limitations of time zones, bad internet service and a very demanding Shazia, I was constantly told to pull my socks up from time to time. But as the story began to unfold and the characters came to life, the excitement mounted and everything else was forgotten except the urge to see it come alive on screen.