Actor-director Renuka Shahane says she needed to discover the societal stress on girls to toe the line in “Tribhanga: Tedhi Medhi Crazy”, a multi-generational relationship story of moms and daughters. Shahane, who’s the daughter of author Shanta Gokhale, says her goal was to humanise the mother figure by this depiction of an acrimonious equation between a well-known author Nayan and her daughter, an actor and Odissi dancer, performed by Tanvi Azmi and Kajol, respectively. Mithila Palkar performs Nayan’s granddaughter, Masha.
“To humanise the mother is what I needed to do in ‘Tribhanga’. The sort of expectations that there’s on moms and ladies typically…
“You have to have 10 hands and nobody can live up to that kind of expectation. So women are constantly living in guilt, because they cannot ever live up to that societal pressure that is put on them,” Shahane informed PTI in a Zoom interview from Mumbai.
The thought that girls have to match right into a construction to be counted as worthy had all the time bothered the actor-director, who’s a widely known face throughout mediums with credit like “Surabhi”, “Kora Kagaz”, “Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!” and “Bucket List”.
Shahane mentioned it is humorous when one desires to present the creativity of moms on display, they’re proven cooking as if that is all they’re able to.
“I would like to get the worth out of this. We all love the pickle made by our moms however the level is that I’ve seen girls doing unbelievable quantities of artistic stuff and that is what the regular India is.
“So when are we going to see normal women on screen? When are we going to see women in unconventional professions or to know that being flawed or talented is normal?” she requested.
Shahane, 54, believes these expectations are exhausting and may lead to lots of psychological points in girls.
“Even to value yourself and your own time is a privilege… there’s a lot of pressure to be perfect, to be of a particular kind.”
“Tribhanga”, which derives its title from an Odissi dance pose, is partly impressed by a real story but it surely doesn’t resemble Shahane’s relationship along with her mother, the director mentioned.
She described herself as an individual who grew up being shut to not simply her mother, but in addition her grandmother and aunts.
During her days as the co-host of the Nineteen Nineties in style present “Surabhi”, she remembers assembly a lady who mentioned she was glad to escape her mother’s house submit marriage and that sort of stayed along with her.
Shahane, who beforehand directed Marathi movie “Rita”, tailored from her mother’s novel “Rita Welingkar”, credited the sturdy girls of her household for giving her a steady core.
The story of “Tribhanga” made her marvel about the affect of a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship, she mentioned.
“I felt, ‘Oh my God, if my core had been this shaky, this unstable and acrimonious, would I have been the person I am today and what would have my choices been?” she questioned.
Kajol’s Anu is so bitter in direction of Nayan that she just isn’t prepared to let go of her hate even when her mother is hospitalised after a stroke. Through flashbacks, the story behind their difficult relationship unravels.
All the three girls in “Tribhanga” are progressive and feminists, Shahane mentioned, including that it’s about who’s making the alternative about your life, physique and schooling.
“I think freedom of the choice is the key,” she mentioned, including that Azmi’s Nayan was the most troublesome character for her to write, structurally.
“Nayan is a improbable author, a staunch feminist, and to make that entire factor attention-grabbing and talk that entire factor was very troublesome construction clever, not as a personality. I had no doubts about her as a personality.
“Anu came to me as spontaneously as she is on screen and I think I’m like Masha in real life so that was easy.”
Despite development in know-how, society is but to develop out of “labelling” girls, Shahane mentioned.
“We still kind of have this regressive attitude towards what women should be like. It’s a strange time that we are living in that we would feel that one would widen our scope, if we are widening our technology, but unfortunately that doesn’t happen.”
Produced by Ajay Devgn, Siddharth P Malhotra, Sapna Malhotra, Parag Desai, Deepak Dhar and Rishi Negi, “Tribhanga” will begin streaming on Netflix from Friday.