When it came to her short film Pinni, Tahira Kashyap didn't need 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 up of flour , I prefer the gluten-free ones. My mother-in-law is so sweet that she makes different kinds for various relations ," she grins. While the thought 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 predicated on my observation that homemakers are often restricted to a stereotype. Despite being intelligent, they're not allowed to require decisions. With Pinni, I wanted to interrupt these stereotypes."
Like her, husband Ayushmann Khurrana too challenges the established order together with his offerings. Ask her if a collaboration with hubby dearest is on the cards, and she or he says, "I would like to work with him. Ayushmann is my senior in terms of labor . So, i want to prove myself before I approach him. Currently, i'm hooked in to telling women's stories. The day I write from a man's perspective, i will be able to approach him."