Zoya Akhtar believes the film industry’s biggest stereotype that needs to be broken, is that women stories don’t sell. Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar was present at the ‘Oxfam MAMI Women in Film Brunch’ on Sunday with many industry celebrities like Yami Gautam, Mouni Roy, Kiran Rao, Divya Dutta and more in Mumbai.
Asked what stereotypes in cinema she would want to break away from, Zoya said, “People think women stories don’t sell. I think that is the biggest stereotype in our industry as well as the world over. Once you will break away from that, you will realize women make half the planet and half the audience and we need to tell their stories as well and that in itself will start changing the narrative.”
Talking about MAMI’s theme for the day, breaking stereotypes and the organization’s efforts, Zoya said, “It’s time to un-stereotype the cinema. It’s nice to have a slightly more eclectic bunch of films. I don’t need to say it but I have always fought against stereotype at least in my case and with the minimum body of work I have done, you get stereotyped in some way or the other.”
“The point today is to be able to look at new stories, to look at people and to look at the world differently. As the world gets smaller, the festival brings you a point of view and culture from various parts of the world and it is exciting.”
When asked about the growing numbers of films releasing every year, the ‘ Dil Dhadakne Do’ director said, “I think there are more filmmakers and there are more women making films, there are more screens, platforms, diverse audience and need for content which will grow in more genres and more content.”
Zoya’s upcoming project is her directorial, ‘Gully Boy’. The film will star Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh and Kalki Koechlin in lead roles.