Most successful people will confirm that following your dreams can fast become a habit. Take filmmaker Tanuja Chandra, for instance. In 1997, she scripted her own passion to paycheck story as the screenwriter for Yash Chopra’s blockbuster Dil To Pagal Hai. Branching out to tell the celluloid stories that inspired her personally, Tanuja has since directed several women-oriented films — including Preity Zinta-starrer Sangharsh and Kajol-starrer Dushman.
Now, with an impressive filmography to her credit, we hear Tanuja has decided to pursue another passion as well. Come March 2017, Chandra will officially turn author, with a book titled Tales of Uttar Pradesh. A collection of short stories based on both fact and fiction, the book will celebrate the distinctive flavour of UP’s small towns.
“As a kid, I heard these stories from my parents, mausis, buas and chachas,” Tanuja confessed recently, adding: “They stayed with me over the years, but I never felt quite ready to put words down on paper.”
Of course we know Tanuja has no difficulty being articulate, so this departure from filmmaking into publishing should come easy for her. Besides, her brother is acclaimed novelist Vikram Chandra, so the ability to pen poignant stories must run in her genes!
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