Ila Dutt Bedi made her debut as a film writer with blockbuster Agneepath but she has scripted and produced many a television show. She talks about her journey in the industry…
Most people in the industry don’t know that I belong to a family that has been actively involved with filmmaking. My grandfather Rajendra Singh Bedi was an Urdu writer. He used to write short stories and also wrote films like Mere Sangam, Rangoli, Anuradha, Abhimaan and Dastak. He also wrote the dialogue for the Dilip Kumar-starrer Devdas. My father Narendra Bedi directed films like Jawani Diwani and Khote-Sikkay. But if you’re not actively part of this industry, people tend to forget you. Anyway, both of them passed on the filmi gene to me.
I never dreamt I would become a writer. I used to read my grandfather’s short stories and one of them, Lajwanti, stuck with me and I wanted to make a film around it. Then Aruna Irani asked me if I could write for her serial Mehendi Tere Naam Ki. I gave it a shot and I started writing for TV shows. To date, no one has taken up my Lajwanti script.
I came to knew that Karan Malhotra is looking for a writer for Agneepath who can give the cult classic a new story line so I write a two-pager story and send it to him. And he liked the script and we wrote the screenplay together. So that’s how Agneepath happened but till the end not even Karan Malhotra or Karan Johar knew that I belong to a family who has been in this industry since so long. I don’t know whether they even know today but that doesn’t matter I am here to prove my name.
From writer to producer
I never thought I would produce a serial. But since I saw how I had to struggle to try and turn my script into a film, I decided to produce my own shows. Today, Hitler Didi is a famous TV serial. Maybe I will soon turn film producer too.
I write a lot of scripts for television. I have also signed two films as a writer. One is a biopic about hockey wizard Dhyan Chand with Pooja Shetty and the other one is a romantic film with Indra Kumar.