Tell us more about your new film Hotel Mumbai.
It was adapted from a book based on the terrorist attacks [at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in 2008]. But we wanted to look at it from a different angle. Everyone sees it politically, so we made it a point to tell a very human story instead and to celebrate everyday heroes, ordinary people who do great things in a harrowing situation like that. It’s a film that is really relevant to our world today and oddly, almost everyone I’ve spoken to knew someone who was there, or identified with what happened, so I think it really strikes a chord with many people.
We hear you’ll be heading to Cannes this month.
Yes, we’re going to sell Hotel Mumbai there. I’m so energised when I go to Cannes. I’m a newbie in the industry, so when I’m talking to sales agents, film distributors, producers, actors… every single interaction is an enriching experience. It’s a fantastic environment. Everyone there is so beautiful – it’s stunning! I instantly go, “Damn it! I should have dressed better.”