Tahira Kashyap on Pinni: Film based on my observations of mother-in-law

Updated: Feb 19, 2020, 08:19 IST | Upala KBR | Mumbai

As her directorial venture Pinni drops today, Tahira Kashyap hopes to break stereotypes about homemakers with a short film inspired by Ayushmann Khurrana's mother.

Tahira Kashyap. Pic/ Sameer Markande
Tahira Kashyap. Pic/ Sameer Markande

When it came to her short film Pinni, Tahira Kashyap did not have to look too far for inspiration — the director, who uses her voice to bring women's stories to the fore, says the Neena Gupta starrer is inspired by her mother-in-law Poonam Khurrana.

"I have observed my mother-in-law for several years. She has been making pinnis [Punjabi laddoos] for the family for years. While Ayushmann likes pinnis made from wheat flour, I prefer the gluten-free ones. My mother-in-law is so sweet that she makes different kinds for different family members," she grins. While the idea for the Guneet Monga-produced film came from her mother-in-law's devotion to her family, Kashyap wove a fictional story around it. "The film is based on my observation that homemakers are often restricted to a stereotype. Despite being intelligent, they are not allowed to take decisions. With Pinni, I wanted to break these stereotypes."

Ayushmann Khurrana with his motherAyushmann Khurrana with mother Poonam Khurrana

Like her, husband Ayushmann Khurrana too challenges the status quo with his offerings. Ask her if a collaboration with hubby dearest is on the cards, and she says, "I would love to work with him. Ayushmann is my senior in terms of work. So, I need to prove myself before I approach him. Currently, I am obsessed with telling women's stories. The day I write from a man's perspective, I will approach him."

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