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Avijit Mukul Kishore : Interview

Avijit graduated from FTII in December 1995, majoring in Cinematography.

As a child what were your early influences towards cinema?
My early exposure to cinema was through Hindi film music heard on the radio, orĀ  played on a record player. I do remember images of films watched in a theatre. Like Navin Nishcol walking towards camera on a Bombay street in ‘Victoria No. 203’, a truck running over a mill worker in ‘Deewar’ and the lights coming on around the screen at the end of ‘Aap Ki Kasam’ as Rajesh Khanna walks away from camera. For me these are the earliest memories of cinema – one obscure shot from a mainstream film.

There was a theatre called Alpana across the road from where we lived, in Model Town, Delhi. Once a friend of my father’s led us past the manager’s cabin, through the projection booth to a small parapet in front of the projectors, from where we watched Deewar! I only remember the truck from the film and was mortally afraid of trucks after that.
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S Manasvi : Interview

S. Manasvi, born on the 29th of September 1975, is a qualified architect from Madhav Institute of Technology and Science (MITS), Gwalior. He then did his course in Film and TV Direction from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. After graduating from FTII in 2004, he made corporate films, adfilms, music videos and wrote for Television. He has been credited the dialogue writer for Left Right Left (SAB TV), Choti Bahu (ZEE TV) and several other shows.
He made his debut as a film director with Rajshri Productions’ Love U…Mr. Kalakaar! featuring Tusshar Kapoor, Amrita Rao, Ram Kapoor, Madhoo, Kiran Kumar, Jai Kalra, Prem Chopra and Prashant Ranyal.
This film was released on the 13th of May 2011 and got mixed response from critics and audience alike.

As a child what were your early influences towards cinema? Art, literature, graphics, photography?
Cinema used to be once or twice a month thing in our home. Very select films that my parents thought were ‘suitable for us’. So a majority of them were films by Hrishikesh Mukherji and Basu Chatterji. My mother being a literary person herself, introduced me to Hindi Literature (as well as regional works translated in hindi) at a very young age.

How did you first become interested in film direction?
I did a theatre workshop when I was 10 years old and it was then that I realized that its more fun to direct than to act. By the time, I was 14, I started making my own films on paper in form of comic books, matchbox tv etc and even designed posters for those imaginary films.
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