Tahira Kashyap Khurrana: The lockdown and the pandemic will be evident in the way we write our screenplays now

Tahira Kashyap Khurrana spent the lockdown writing short-stories and fine tuning her book which recently hit the shelves. When asked if she plans to turn her short stories, titled Lockdown Tales, which she would post periodically on her Instagram page, into a full blown book, Tahira says, “The short stories I wrote during the lockdown came from the inspiration I got from the surroundings. Everything around me really inspired me to write. It also got a good response but I am not sure yet if I want to turn those stories into books. The lockdown helped me complete the book I was already writing much ahead of its time. Now, I am at a stage where I want to absorb new things around me, learn new stuff and experience life before I write something new.”

Had everything gone as planned, the filmmaker writer, currently in Chandigarh with her family, would have taken her first full-length feature on floors by now. She was gearing up for it when the lockdown changed the course of life around the country. When asked if the new normal will impact the kind of screenplays and stories that one writes, Tahira says, “The lockdown and the pandemic will be evident in the way we write our screenplays now, especially if the story is set in the current times. The new normal will have an impact. The world order will change. Crisis always gives birth to newer ideas for survival and to newer ways of functioning that we thought never existed. Initially, a boy met a girl and then kissed, but now we don’t know if this can happen just as casually. Realism will inspire stories and storytelling. I am into this learning phase right now. I even did a course in screenwriting while being in lockdown. It was fun. There was so much to learn. I would never have had the time to attend a class with 20 students from across the world. It’s enriching to know how different people think differently. We can all add value to each other’s stories on paper and otherwise, too.”