Friday, October 09, 2009

The ultimate wish list…

A script writing and production software installed in an ultra lightweight laptop.
A soothing alarm clock that wakes you up at 4.00 A.M.
A library of essential books and DVDs.
A film camera and a digital video camera, stored side by side.
A heavy duty computer set up that has the latest version of Adobe Premier that can take in High Definition and that which has a film option.
An Apple set up with Final Cut Pro and Pro Tools installed.
A ‘chakaas’ noise reduction system.
A projector that has ‘danchak’ luminance.
A three bedroom-hall-kitchen flat – one bedroom each for edit, sound and a mini screening room.
E & OE (errors and omissions excepted)

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Suddha at Navi Mumbai

The B.S.K.B. is an association of people from a particular community migrated to the city of Mumbai from the districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada in coastal Karnataka. One of the activities that it undertakes is the running of the newly formed old age home in Nerul, Navi Mumbai, called 'Aashraya'.

A few days back a screening of SUDDHA was arranged for the mostly Tulu speaking inmates of the old age home. Unfotunatly, for some reasons, it was not possible for me to go to the screening. I guess, it went off well and am eager to know the reactions of the inmates towards the film.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

A Filmy Treatment

In a recent hectic outdoor shooting of mine, more than half the unit members had gone down with diarrhea and related illness.

We thought it was the stress, but there would have been shoots that might have resulted in greater stress levels.

We thought it was the food; we had changed at least four caterers - all in vain.

We thought it was the water; but we were supplied with the minral kind.

Did we think that it was the way we handled them that caused the illness....?

Hmmmmmm... I am afraid not.

Could I have avoided the bitterness that followed..?

I regret for not having put systems in place which could have created the possibility of a compassionate man management approach that has nothing to do with a budget of the film.

Sorry, I was ignorant that it needed to happen.

I thank my unit members who despite receiving some 'filmy treatment', never allowed the nastiness to creep into the film.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The dog and it's tail.

Once an accountant, always an accountant.
Once in doubt, always in doubt.
A hand tries to straighten the tail.
The dog bites the hand that feeds it.
The habit of seperating the production from the film.
Once a film maker, not always a film maker.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Om-Dar-Ba-Dar - a revisit and a few thoughts.

Last week, I managed to watch Kamal Swaroop's 1988 film 'Om-Dar-Ba-Dar'; after almost twenty years. Kamal was showing the film to some of his students in a school of architecture in Mumbai. The hall was petty much crowded when the film began; by the time the end titles rolled in, there were lots of empty chairs.

Not that the filmmaker minded it, I thought. Considering the filmmaking path that he has been walking, maybe he is used to it by now . In the discussion that followed, Kamal in his own subversive manner, narrated the non existent 'story' of the film and its 'meaning'. It was as 'meaningless' as the film itself.
The ability to comprehend a chair as a chair...
It takes some amount of discipline and practice to watch a movie without assigning any meaning to it. What meaning would one assign to a ‘collage’? What meaning would one assign to a ‘aalaap’? The manner in which Bhimsen Joshi sings a ‘Bhajan’ could be interesting than the meaning of the ‘Bhajan’ itself.

Is it possible to watch, hear and experience a film on such a level?

Can I, for example, appreciate the shot taking patterns found in ‘Om-Dar-Ba-Dar' just as I appreciate a straight line or a brush stroke? Or can I identify with the rhythmic edit patterns that are used in the film? Or with the sound patterns and the design employed in it?

Is it possible for me to construct a film on this basis – where the form itself is the content and the meaning, subsidiary?

‘The form as politics’, as Kamal Swaroop would say.

Monday, June 08, 2009

'Putaani Party'


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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Waiter and the Cutter...

The spoon that gets wiped on dirty pants, serves the dish.
The hand that cleans the nose, winds the negative.
Thus goes the story of the waiter and the cutter.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Tough, the Missing and the Scratches.

The mantra was to complete, deliver and move on…
But hey, wait… where is the protagonist?
When the going got tough, the tough got missing!

Information withheld knowingly, facts released untimely;
There could be scratches on the emulsion.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hand and the nail.

The shoot, the edit and the sound generation…
It’s all just a preparation.
The union of Picture and Sound…
The ultimate moment!

Miss this and miss the film.
A hand hammers a nail on to itself.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Frog and the Pond

Is the film there because of the production?
or
Is the production there because of the film?
Ignoring the film while making it.
A frog jumps into a deep well.
It thinks it is a pond.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Dev D

Me thinks, the most interesting part in the film 'Dev D' occurs only at the fag end of it - when Dev supposedly gets a realization, as a car nearly runs over him. Unfortunately, the events in the film unfold very rapidly after this point and before you can blink, the film ends. It therefore becomes nearly impossible to savor this change in the character’s thought process and hence, in his life. I wished that it had got more screen time and I wished that the purpose of this film itself was this transformation.

Otherwise, I thought, the ‘materiality’ of the film maker with regards to his film was quite evident.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Chemistry

I was sitting on the bench in front of the intensive care unit of a hospital. A close relative was inside. He had just had two attacks of convulsions, he was restless, had no sense of space or time, did not know what he talked nor could he relate to anything told to him. The doctors had opined – it was an imbalance of a chemical in his body – a chemical called Sodium.

I had hated chemistry in my college. 36 or 37 percentage was all that I could ever manage in that subject। Beyond H2O and HO2, nothing would make sense. I remember of even swearing that I would never touch chemicals and chemistry again. Alas, how wrong was I...

As I was wondering about the kind of destruction a chemical imbalance can do to a human body, a young man, whose relative too was inside the intensive care unit, struck a casual conversation with me. When I told him about the chemical issue, he got angry. ‘Does he eat a lot of fruits? These days they inject a huge amount of chemicals into fruits and vegetables so that it ripens early; it surely is the effect of that’, he blasted. I was too sleepy to argue with him; I nodded in agreement.

Two hours later, I still was thinking about Chemistry - that stupid subject that I hated the most. After watching a film, what do people mean when they say, ‘the chemistry between the actors was fantastic…’? Does it mean that the sodium levels in both the actors are equal while they were performing? Or is it the potassium levels that is creating the chemistry?

People also say that with regards to love. Love, apparently, is related to chemicals. When they say ‘opposites attract’, they probably mean that the Sodium / Potassium / Calcium / Oxygen / Sulfur / Carbon Dioxide / Zinc / or whatever chemical levels in the bodies of the two persons who are in love, are drastically different.

Or is it that the chemical levels of the two persons who are in love match well and therefore are they in love? So, if my wife and I fight it out and shout at each other, does it mean that our Fluorine / Magnesium / Rubidium / Bromine / Lead / or whatever chemical levels vary drastically? Maybe we could then just inject the necessary chemical to our bodies and create ‘love’.

Gosh! I never understood all this.

Two days later, due to an increased intake and through through careful monitoring, the Sodium levels of my relative slowly came back to normal. The symptoms associated with sodium deficiency had vanished.

Some prefer to believe that life is no miracle – it’s just a set of chemical reactions. When the reaction ceases, the body stops to function.

It is as physical as that, nothing beyond.