With the lockdown putting her shoots on halt, she developed the scripts of Someday and Happy Birthday Mummyji, each reflecting post-pandemic isolation. Though happy facing the camera, Shefali Shah often wondered if she had it in her to go behind it as well. But a steady stream of projects meant that the actor had little time to explore the possibility.

The desire to turn director could have remained a ‘What-if?’ thought in her head, had it not been for the pandemic.

For the actor-turned-director, the urge to develop Someday came from a thought that haunted her in the early days of the stay-at-home period.

Having begun writing in June 2020, Shah took the film on floors in September, as soon as the restrictions were lifted, with a five-member crew.

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