All Stories are Universal, says Writer-Director Daria Gaikalova

The first session of the ‘Meet the Directors’ at the 22 nd International Film Festival of Kerala was
organized at the Tagore Theatre today (Saturday).
Director coupleErnesto Ardito and Virna Molina, producer of ‘Vaishnavee’, Manohan Nanyakkara and
writer-director of the movie ‘Three and a Half’, Daria Gaikalova, along with the co-producer Dheer
Momaya attended the session which was moderated by Meera Sahib.
Manohan Nanayakkara spoke about his philosophy behind working with the young directors of Sri
Lanka. Stating that Kerala and Sri Lanka resemble much in culture, he said he cherished the reception
received by his movie ‘Vaishnavee’ from among the Kerala viewers. He said it would be admirable if
the movie is dubbed to Malayalam for its cultural connection to the story.
Ukranian writer-director Daria Gaikolova and producer DheerHomaya of ‘Three and a Half’ (Teen
AurAadha) expressed happiness over the massive appreciation the film received after the first
screening. Daria shared her views on making films in India and also mentioned the strange energy she
gets from India, and that it keeps the creative part going. All stories are universal, Daria reminded.
Dheer Homaya, who co-produced the film with the Bollywood film maker Anurag Kashyap, termed it
was a challenging route they took towards making the movie.
Ernesto Ardito and Virna Molina stated that their film was an exercise in bridging the memories from
the past and the present. They revealed that the actors of the film are students of the school where it
was shot.

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