Gauri Shinde and R Balki make for one of Indian cinema’s most compelling couples: supremely individualistic, fiercely talented, with a shared penchant for drawing out the subtle layers of an intimate story rather than for the grandstanding of an epic production.
Yet, the powerhouse couple – who between them have directed, written and produced a packed roster of successful films including English Vinglish, Cheeni Kum, Paa, Pad Man, Dear Zindagi – have found extraordinary resonance among audiences for their intelligent, real, quietly radical characters.
Much like themselves, really.
And in Take 2, we dived into conversation with Gauri and Balki on big ideas and small stories, and how they navigate their shared landscape of cats, creativity and cinema.
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