Stories have a powerful effect: Roopa Rao

Kritika Pradhan

BENGALURU: “Stories can change the world but more importantly it has the power to change an individual”, said Roopa Rao, an award-winning film maker in a Masterclass session at Rushes National Film Festival organised by the Department of Communication of St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous) on Monday.
Rao took an interest towards storytelling as early as high school, but it wasn’t until she turned 28 that she braved into the uncharted territories of film making. There had been many instances in life that she can now join the dots to, when realisation should have dawned on her that her true calling was beyond the four walls of an office. “I guess I needed to have my heart broken,” she said while talking about how the termination of a long-term relationship actually catalysed her impulsive decision to quit her promising career at Infosys.
When asked what makes her so passionate about her craft, she said stories have a powerful effect on people and to be able to wield such power motivates her to push her limits along with perseverance.
“If it is money, fame and the glamour you chase, you’re on the wrong track,” said Rao. She believes that when it comes to success, it isn’t just about building a career, it is all about seeking clarity.
In response to the concern about mental blocks she said that the most effective way to deal with it, is to avoid stressing about it. “One doesn’t stay constipated for long you see,” she said laughing.
“I am more of a realist than an idealist. I’m not about beautifying the truth, I like to show it like it is. I want my films to have people leave the theatre sniffling and teary eyed. I guess that makes me a sadist” she said, on her approach to film making.
It is about losing your inhibitions and letting your pen run unbridled. Once you start catering to the needs of others, you see your stories lose their essence, Rao added.

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