A Day in the Life of… Artist, Educationist and Entrepreneur, Oorvazi Irani
An artist at the core, Oorvazi is also a successful film-maker, film critic, educationist and acting coach. She freelances as a photo editor for Life Positive Magazine and is also the CEO of Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute (South Mumbai) and has regular columns in film journals and online web channels. Impressive, right? Well, that’s not all.
The alumni of reputed Indian film making institutes like FTI & NFAI, Oorvazi has branched out into direction for her home production that was started by her father Sorab Irani in 1975.
After two successful short films, The K File and Mamaji which got a lot of recognition in Indian and foreign film festivals, she is now ready with her next big venture, The Path of Zarathustra. This is a 79-minute-long English language feature film that talks about the evolution of the Parsi community. Ahead of the release of her film, Oorvazi takes us through a day in her eventful life. Take a look.
Oorvazi’s day starts with experiencing the glorious morning rays of the sun and dancing to the rhythm of the waves, which make her feel the pleasure of being alive.
As an educationist she’s got to be in school on time. So by 8.30 AM she heads out, wearing the proud teacher hat.
“I enjoy my early morning school lectures, teaching film at the SVKM IB school in Mumbai (14 – 16 years) and nurturing young talent,” she says.
Post school, Oorvazi gets busy, working from home, juggling multiple assignments.
“I enjoy my freedom as a freelancer. I can dedicate most of my time to working on my independent projects,” adds the excited director who awaits her film’s release.
Amidst all her commitments, Oorvazi takes time out to pamper her maternal grandmother.
Even though it’s late in the day, Oorvazi is energised as she gets into the role of an acting coach conducting the Michael Chekhov Acting Workshop, a technique that she has introduced to India with her DVD. She strives to empower actors to use their body and imagination instead of their personal memories in the process of acting.
She believes that evening walks are a great way to stay fit and refreshed.
Oorvazi adds, “For an artist, no opportunity is lost to create art. Anything is a canvas or inspiration. Walks turn out to be inspiring photo opportunities; I just cannot resist the urge to create art out of the ordinary and seize the moment.”
Then Oorvazi gets to practising for her play. Here she explores the infinite resource of the body. “Body as art …time to exercise body and imagination,” she explains.
Her flirtatious streak in front of the camera.
She ends the day with her favourite person Dinyar Contractor and a big, wide smile.