Eventually the filmmakers ran out of things to “talk about”. “After Naseem, my last film, I didn’t feel the urge to talk about anything with that much intensity. At least not through the cinematic medium,” claims Mirza. So, he did what he always wanted to do-travel. Not only across India, but also across Central Asian countries and Turkey. “To visit these places and explore their histories was a rewarding experience. Not only did I gather stories and ideas through my journeys across these places, but I also managed to collect emotions,” he says. A lot of these experiences find their way into the book, which Mirza claims is a “literary installation”. “I don’t know how else to describe the book. It’s a memoir, a collection of short stories and also a travelogue,” Mirza claims.
So why didn’t he express himself individually through these different literary genres? “The book is a reflection of my state of mind. This is how I think. It reflects my thought process,” he states. The danger of such a text ending up as disjointed ramblings did confront Mirza but he chose to listen to his heart. “My wife, after reading the book did feel that it’s a bit disjointed and lacked cohesion, but she also liked it for the same reason,” he confesses.
As of now, he has again found something to talk about cinematically. “I start shooting for my next film this March. It’s set in Mumbai and is tentatively titled Savdhaan Meri Jaan,” says Mirza. His ambitious underworld film, Kutte Ki Maut, which was supposed to star the likes of Anil Kapoor and Juhi Chawla has been permanently shelved. “It was too violent a script. At this stage of my life I can’t deal with such violence, I would rather write,” he smiles.