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MUMBAI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Film editor Namrata Rao poses for a profile shoot on September 23, 2015 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint via Getty Images)Namrata Rao: Maintaining the thrilling element is a challenge

On Kahaani 2

Sujoy told me about the sequel soon after Kahaani, so I have been with the script since it was just an idea. I watched the script develop and new ideas come in. Earlier, the story was about Vidya Balan and her character getting involved in sex trafficking. Then Sujoy thought up a story of a mother who slips into a coma and whose daughter is kidnapped.
That’s how the story of Kahaani 2 shaped up.

Keeping the edit in mind

I had read different drafts of the film. Then we started working on it and, at one point, he abandoned the script and returned to it later. While he was visualising the characters, I was part of that process, so I knew what he wanted from each scene. The best thing about working with Sujoy is that he gets the best out of you. He is never satisfied and keeps asking for more till you give him your best. He is also very clear about what he wants and guides you clearly.

Editing a thriller

Editing a thriller is very tough as you have to maintain the intrigue and element of thrill throughout. You cannot let it get monotonous. It is challenging because, as an editor, you watch it so many times. You have to approach it with a fresh mind every time and be innovative.

On Vidya Balan

This is my third film with Vidya Balan – Ishqiya, Kahaani and now Kahaani 2. What I like the most about her is that she is not a self-obsessed star.  She is not conscious about her looks or her work. Also, she gets very unhappy if her performance is not what she wants it to be. And she gives us so many options that we can give the audience the best.

On Befikre

It was one of those films that I thoroughly enjoyed working on. I was in Paris editing the film while it was being shot. It’s a departure for Aditya Chopra as well and everybody enjoyed the shoot. Aditya wanted
the best performance from his lead pair and both have done a brilliant job.

 

Soumita Sengupta
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