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The Train Leaves At Four

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  • ‘The train leaves at four’ is a docu-fiction film of about 55 minutes. The film was shot with a family belonging to the ‘Baiga’ tribe, living in remote Madhya Pradesh, adjusting to “development” and will provide important insight into the question: YE KISKA DEVELOPMENT HO RAHA HAI AAKHIR KAAR?As Lamu packs his sack to migrate towards the city to work along with the labour contractor, his aging mother grieves in silence. Even her other two sons are not around to console her.

    While the eldest is working on the field, the youngest has set out early this morning towards the government office. He hopes to be employed in the village itself. Those hopes are soon shattered though and he is left overwhelmed. Much of what goes on in the government office – the official paperwork, the government schemes is lost in translation.

    By the evening, as Lamu waits for the train to arrive, the contractor’s condescending attitude and stinginess already makes it clear that he has signed up for a disaster, but it is too late for him to go back.

    Meanwhile, crestfallen and influenced by his brother, the youngest son too confronts his mother and expresses a desire to leave for the city.

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In conversation with Sanjivan Lal for Bubblegum

Aditi Sharma in conversation with Sanjivan Lal: Bubble Gum, a film directed by FTII alumni Sanjivan Lal, released a few weeks back. Part film, part nostalgia; Bubble Gum received good reviews from audience and critics alike. A trip down memory lane, the film transports us straight to our summer holidays. Based in the 80s, it tells us an innocent love story of teenagers Vedant and Jenny. And in between touches a sensitive chord with Vedant’s brother Vidur’s story who is hearing impaired.

A simple yet sweet story, Bubble Gum is Sanjivan Lal’s long cherished dream, which has finally realized. In an interview, he shared his fondest childhood memories which inspired this film. He also talks about his film and his experience at the institute.

Q What was the inspiration behind the story of Bubble gum?

I did not decide on BUBBLE GUM overnight….It was a long process of figuring out what exactly or how should my first film be…I had written three other scripts with Stars / Actors in mind but could not make it happen for one or the other reasons….then finally decided to write something which would not have stars but would be strong in content and high on entertainment values… then began the search for the story and decided to look within to write something that would be universal in appeal. Since I had often heard people lamenting about their missed childhood…their past…their first crush or love or call it infatuation…sibling rivalry…etc…BUBBLE GUM started taking shape….I realized it would be something that would transport anybody who has been 14 to their childhood and for the present generation- it would make them curious enough to find out a world that existed without Facebook, internet, TV and mobile!

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“FROZEN” THE FILM

Frozen : The Movie Poster

Frozen : The Movie Poster

by Shanker Raman

The married print was ready in July 2007. Two prints were struck from a color DI negative on to a black and white positive, made at Color by Deluxe in Los Angeles. It had its first public screening at the Osian Cinefan film festival end of July 2007. Since then it has travelled to numerous film festivals all over the world. It was an Official selection at Toronto, Pusan, BFI London, Thessaloniki, Mumbai and Rotterdam to name a few. It has won Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Actor and Best Music Awards. It got an official release in June 2009, nearly two years after the first print came out.

When the film was going to be released in Pune, I got a call from a reporter, asking me routine questions about the film- questions I had been asked before on numerous occasions. Most of them I had answered enthusiastically, wanting to be correct about my own reasons to the why and the how…

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