Tia Bhatia, daughter of Toronto Raptor’s Superfan Nav Bhatia, is preparing to walk the red carpet part with the ensemble cast for “Anatomy of Violence” the new film by Deepa Mehta. The film follows the lives of the six men who were charged for the violent rape crime which took place on a bus in Delhi and shook a nation a few years ago. It is a very insightful film which suggests how culture and environment played a part as we look to answer why and how these men could’ve committed such a heinous act.
The young starlet Tia Bhatia, known for her role in “Dr. Cabbie” and for working behind the camera with Deepa Mehta in “Beeba Boys”, has recently started her own Youtube Channel as a means to express herself and connect to others across the globe. The one story which resonated on her channel was her open discussion about how she was adopted as a baby girl from an orphanage in India.
Tia adds: “Anatomy of Violence really struck a chord with me. I am a result of the differences that exist in India when valuing a guy over a girl. The perception that girls are a burden and objects for men to do as they wish needs to change, and it is films like this that will help create the dialogue to stimulate change”.
We sat down with Tia to discuss more on her budding career.
Tell us about your background in acting have you taken any training or Professional classes anywhere?
I’ve studied at many various schools in Toronto for the past 6 years, I’ve taken private coaching classes and last year I went to New York and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, one of the most prestigious schools for acting.
What made you want to pursue acting?
The acting bug hit me at the age of 4. The idea of being someone else just completely intrigued me. I would create a world where I would become a different person and I kept falling in love with the challenges involved. I’m excited by the unexpected.
When was your “ah-ha” moment where you realized you made the right decision and this could really happen?
My ah-ha moment happened on set while I was shooting Dr. Cabbie. Everything became so real and it wasn’t just a dream anymore. From that moment, I believed in myself even more and became so proud that I listened to my inner voice that said, “Don’t give up woman, and don’t ever give up.”
You were in “Dr. Cabbie” and now “Anatomy of Violence”. How do the two differ and how are they the same with respect to your preparation?
The two differ completely in terms of preparation. Both had their challenges and cannot be compared.
You worked with Deepa Mehta on “Beeba Boys” behind the camera. What was it like working with her in front of the camera?
Intimidating yet even more exciting. She is a director I respect and one who isn’t afraid to take risks, and since I love challenges I knew I had to take even bigger risks.
You play many roles in “Anatomy of Violence” which one hit you the most?
That’s a tough question because each one had such a different effect. The one that really left me with such a complex and gut wrenching feeling was a scene I did with my co-actor Vansh Bhardwaj. I can’t say much without giving it away, but I felt violated without being touched on my body. That’s the only hint I can give.
This is a movie about the gang rape in India. What went through your mind when the original event happened and has this telling of the story affected your view of the tragedy?
I remember when the original event happened like many all I could feel was anger, and helplessness. I wanted to be a part of the rhetoric, the discussion being had so I began using my voice and speaking up about such incidents. Then I watched India’s daughter and I began to cry, I cried because I didn’t understand why such heinous acts occur. “Anatomy of Violence” explores the question of “Why?” The movie does not sympathize with the rapists at all, what they did is truly so disgusting and should be punished to the extreme but the film does make you take a step back and wonder how can the mindset of what is happening in India change, how can we all be a part of this solution, what are the lessons to learn from this appalling incident.
What would you like people to take away after seeing this movie?
I know this film will not solve the issue, but if it can create dialogue and create discussion then that is a great step. There is no justification to the things they have done. What I would like is for people to open the doors into further inquiry and examination of the causes. I would like people to figure out how to stop such heinous acts, and find solutions.
What’s next for Tia Bhatia?
In a life full of unknowns and surprises all I can say is expect the unexpected both on screen and off.