Best-selling author and National Award winning documentary filmmaker Trisha Das was always drawn to mythology. As a child, she would spend two months with her maternal grandparents in Patna and relish the stories shared from the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Although she loved the stories, Das realised that most women characters were penalised if they decided to stand up for themselves. The lack of women’s voices in these epics led her to experiment with a feminist version. In 2016, she authored Ms Draupadi Kuru: After the Pandavas which was a satirical take on the classic mythology story of Draupadi set in modern-day Delhi, where she is bored of heaven and finds herself on earth.
The much-awaited sequel to this book The Misters Kuru: A Return To Mahabharata was released recently. The storyline focuses on Draupadi and her gang, who are well-settled in their new kalyug. It’s now the Pandavas who pay them a surprise visit, which leads to more laughter and tears for the reader.
She has also written Kama’s Last Sutra, The Art of the Television Interview and the internationally-acclaimed How to write a Documentary Script. Das has also written and directed over 40 documentaries in her filmmaking career.
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(Interviewed by Geetika Sachdev; produced and video edited by Nang Tanvi)