Kiran Rao`s directorial debut ‘Dhobi Ghat’ featured in the BAFTA Longlist in Film Not in the English Language category, but it has failed to make it to the top five list for the prestigious international award.
Her three-year long association with the Indian film industry as a costume designer never led her to face the camera, but Kirti Malhotra couldn`t say no when she was handpicked by Kiran Rao to play an important role in her directorial debut "Dhobi Ghat". "There are newcomers every day in the masala films and you rather be in a film that stands out than be lost in the crowd", she said.
Mixed reviews of `Dhobi Ghat` haven`t upset director Kiran Rao and she believes those who liked the film are her target audience as she had always maintained that the film was not for everyone. " I have enjoyed some of the reviews very much. Some reviews were of people who didn`t like the film that much. I am happy that some people liked it and they are the kind of people for whom we made this film", she said.