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Film Makers of IFFI-51 Indian Panorama meet the Media

Goa:18/1/21:A mother accidentally finds a nude video of her daughter in her laptop – Oru Paathira Swapnam Pole (Indian Panorama Non-feature film) by Sharan Venugopal

A person who lost his memory in an accident and gets trapped in a house with a psychopath – Gatham (Indian Panorama Feature Film) by Kiran Kondamadugula

Debutant Filmmaker Sharan Venugopal and Actor/Producer Bhargava Poludasu, addressed a press conference at the 51st International Film Festival of India in Panaji today. Their films have been selected at IFFI’s Indian Panorama, this year.

Speaking about his 37-minute Malayalam non-feature film (Oru Paathira Swapnam Pole), Sharan Venugopal said, “It is very tough to define where one’s personal boundaries end. The film is set against this plot.” The title translates as ‘Like a Midnight Dream’.

Talking about the film, Venugopal said, “We shot this film during the end of March 2019; after which nationwide lockdown was announced. We were doubtful if our film would be screened. But we are very happy and satisfied to see our film being selected and screened this year under IFFI’s Indian Panorama”.

Bhargava Poludasu, actor and producer of Telugu Film, ‘Gatham’, was also sharing his experiences about his film which has been chosen under the Indian Panorama Feature Films.

Speaking about his film, Poludasu said. “Gatham is a big hit of 2020 in Telugu language on OTT platforms. Working as a software professional, my crew and I managed to steal time during weekends to complete this film. It was our passion that made us achieve this.”

He went on to speak about the hurdles faced by the crew in collecting finance for this film and hectic schedules where the team had to work in the challenging winter weather of California. Being a producer in a small team, he had to do all sort of work during the making of this film. “I had to cook, clean, wash and also act”, he added.

Talking about its cinematography, Poludasu mentioned that, “after watching the initial visuals, we realized that the film will become a much bigger project which we hadn’t planned for.”

He told the audience that film-making turned out to be a much more involved process than he had imagined it to be. “I also learnt how not to make a film. Earlier, I used to pass comments on any film or filmmakers about its quality. But now after making this film, I have one thing to say to everyone “If someone has made a movie, do respect them.”

To an answer to a question about OTT platforms, he said it is a very convenient platform for both the filmmakers and the audience. At the same time, the platform is starving for content, adding that good content will stand out.

 

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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