Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar has entertained the masses with Bollywood films like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Dil Dhadakne Do, but admits that there was a time when she used to not like Hindi films. “I never liked Hindi films in my college days. I decided to work in the advertising field and then I watched Salaam Bombay! which made the biggest influence on me to be a filmmaker,” Akhtar, said at the MAMI Movie Mela here.
The 1988 Mira Nair directorial chronicles the day-to-day life of children living on the streets of Mumbai. It had won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. Akhtar is now looking forward to watch quite a few Hindi films. “I was too busy due to Dil Dhadakne Do. Now, I am looking forward to watch movies like Court, and Piku which I have been told are incredible,” she said.