“It has been a period of discovery”, says Ira Dubey

Ironically, her catchy online shopping ads grabbed more attention than her indie film. But the year looks set to end on a higher note for Ira Dubey, with Dear Zindagi, says Nichola Pais

How has the year panned out for you so far?
It has been a good year, personally and professionally. I lost my father to cancer last year in May of 2015 which was unexpected and painful but it has been a period of growth and discovery in many ways.

Professionally, I am touring and acting in five theatre productions including “Bombay Dying” with Akvarious Productions directed by Akarsh Khurana, “9 Parts of Desire” with my mother (Lillette Dubey)’s company Primetime directed by her, “A Doll’s House” directed by Pushan Kripalani, “A Glass Menagerie” directed by Rajjit Kapur, “Adhe Adhure” and “August Osage County” directed by my mother.

My indie film M CREAM, after travelling to several international festivals and winning Best Feature Film at Rhode Island, released in July 2016, and I have completed shooting for Nikhil Allug’s Shehjar.

What would you rate as the highs you experienced so far, professionally and personally?
Professionally, it would be M CREAM releasing and now it is on Netflix! Also, working on and opening my new play “A Doll’s House”. Personally, my sister’s wedding and moving into a beautiful new place with my mother were definite highs.

Were there any challenges you were able to overcome this year?
Yes, dealing with the loss of my father and continuing to focus on work, on good work.

It has been a fairly interesting year for the Hindi film industry. Any films that you found remarkable?
Oh there are many! Content has improved and diversified – a whole bunch of new talent had emerged and it is an exciting process to be a part of.
Films that stood out for me would be Neerja, Kapoor & Sons, Wazir, Nil Battey Sannata, Waiting, Udta Punjab, Pink, M.S. Dhoni, Sultan, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, and now I am waiting for Dangal!

You would award Best Acting honours to…?
Jim Sarbh – Neerja, Alia Bhatt – Udta Punjab, Shah Rukh Khan – FAN, Swara Bhaskar – Nil Battey Sannata, Aamir Khan – Dangal, Ranbir Kapoor – Tamasha and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Amitabh Bachchan– Pink, Kangana – Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Kalki – Waiting and Nawazuddin Siddiqui – Raman Raghav 2.0.

Any changes you are looking forward to in the New Year?
Yes! Hopefully doing plenty more films and associate directing my mother on a large musical theatre production based on the Mahabharata that I have been trying to get her to revive for several years and is on the cards for end of 2017.

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