B Jaya is one of the few women directors Telugu film industry has. After veteran actors like Bhanumathi and Vijaya Nirmala who directed films too, Jaya is the only journalist-turned-director who is still directing films even after facing a lot of discrimination. On the occasion of her birthday, she talks to the media about her upcoming film projects and how the perspective of many in the industry towards women directors hasn’t changed.
“When I was working as a journalist, I was the first woman to join the profession and taking me as an inspiration, many women took up journalism as a profession. Later, I took up direction of films and wanted to be an inspiration to welcome women directors into this industry. But looks like the industry, even after decades, has neither changed their mind nor accepted women directors,” said Jaya.
What Jaya spoke isn’t actually surprising as we can count on fingers the number of women directors in the industry.
Jaya made her directorial debut with Chantigadu in 2003. So far, she had directed six films and the recent one was Vaisakham, which received good response from all over.
“After Vaisakham, wherever I’ve travelled, people appreciated the work and the film. Vaisakham was really close to my heart. I enjoyed making the film and it was a very good journey with young and talented actors. I felt quite satisfied as a director after this film,” she added.
Her next film is going to be Lucky Fellow which will go on floors from June. The director has roped in a very young hero who has been doing well in his filmography. “I don’t want to reveal the cast till the film goes on floors. Both the lead actors are quite known and good enough to pull off the roles. The film will focus on many current issues and crimes happening with females in the society. Importance of women will also be shown,” Jaya added.