” Of finer cinematic sensibilities”-The Hindu Metro plus 28th March 2015

Of finer cinematic sensibilities

Nivedita Ganguly

Filmmaker Ajita Suchitra Veera talks about the making of the film ‘Ballad of Rustom’ that was in Oscar contention for Best Picture in 2014 and her views on Indian cinema

An artistic mindFilmmaker Ajita Suchitra VeeraPhoto: K.R. Deepak

An artistic mind -Filmmaker Ajita Suchitra Veera Photo: K.R. Deepak

Filmmaker Ajita Suchitra Veera looks cheerful. The last year had been an eventful one for her where she made a mark in the international cinema with her first feature film Ballad of Rustom . The two-hour full-length Hindi film with her original script and screenplay was in the Oscar ‘contention’ in 2014.

Having received international critical acclaim for the film, Ajita is looking forward to releasing the film’s release in the theatres this year. With a few science fiction projects in the pipeline and some Indo-Hollywood productions, the young filmmaker, who hails from Hyderabad, is brimming with energy. During an interview with MetroPlus , Ajita talks about the four-year-long journey that went into the making of the film Ballad of Rustom and her views on Indian cinema.

About the film ‘Ballad of Rustom’

The film is very close to my heart in many ways. It’s about a young man in a small town in India who is an amateur inventor. The film centres around the dreams of this young man and his little aspirations that people in the small town have. It is also a philosophical film and unique to Indian cinemas in many ways. It was a conscious decision to create a very stylistically different film. I wanted to have total artistic control over the film which is why I did the entire film on my own.

I am a science graduate and would have become a scientist when I switched paths and took to cinema. Both were my close passions, but cinema is a medium through which I can express myself.

The uniqueness of the film

Firstly, it is a film that is not structured with a beginning, middle and end. The film keeps cutting into Rustom’s dreams and his world — a slightly non-linear narrative which is one of the most important elements of the film. The other reason that makes is different is that it does not express everything through dialogue. There is a lot of space left for the audience to sit and wonder what is happening in the film. This I feel is very important where you are not trying to spoon-feed the audience like a formula film.

We shot the film on cinemascope and did a special processing on a negative which is called the bleach bypass. This takes away the colours to an extent and gives a kind of a de-saturated look. For me it works because it gives the feel of a painting.

The character of Rustom appealed to me for many reasons. Here is a small town guy, who is not very well educated but he has a great imagination. He is not your regular St. Stephen’s guy.

But probably he is much more than that. The idea was to bring such characters onto the Indian screen.

Have you come across such people like Rustom?

A lot of them. In fact, I was in Delhi at the Innovator’s festival where I met many young people from different parts of the country who were just high school graduates but they had come out with these strange and interesting innovations. There were girls who created a bike that started only when you wear a helmet. There are many such fascinating people making incredible discoveries.

Where did the journey in cinema begin for you?

As a kid I grew up in a very liberal atmosphere and watched a lot of European cinema. But the director who played a big role in enhancing my cinematic sensibilities was Satyajit Ray. I watched Pather Panchali when I was in high school and then many number of times later. It made a lot of impact on my mind. If you look deep into the film, it had many scientific elements in it. For instance, the shot in which little Apu creates the sundial.

Views on Indian cinema

I strongly think there is some kind of a spark happening in the Indian film industry. A slow movement where people are trying to experiment.

However, they are not great departures from what already has been done. I wish we have that space to do a film like Interstellar in India. My wish is create that space in cinema where you can do science fiction, detective stories and on an epic scale.

Independent cinema has a lot of liberty to experiment but the studios should come together to make films on large canvas on tasteful subjects without de-standardising them. We should experiment with the style as well. Unless you show the Indian audience something new, how can you expect their tastes to change?

My wish is create that space in cinema where you can do science fiction and detective stories on an epic scale.

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CASTING CALL

FULL LENGTH FEATURE FILM IN HINDI AND ENGLISH

IMAGINEM CINEMA is inviting applications from both amateur as well as experienced actors for a Full Length Feature Film in Hindi and English. We also eagerly welcome fresh aspirants with no background in acting whatsoever to come forth with their profiles.

MAJOR CAST

1. Male /18-25y yrs.
Young Man-lean, tall, boyish -fluency in Hindi a must

2. Male / 20-30 yrs. / India
Young Man-should be lean with hard or rugged physical features, silent and grave

3. Female / 25-30 yrs. / Indian.
Woman-sharp, witty, beautiful, should be able to talk fluently in both Hindi and English

4. Female / 25-30 yrs. / Indian.
Woman-tall or short, conventionally beautiful-should be able to talk fluently in both Hindi and English

5. Male / 31-40 yrs. / Indian.
Man-polished, sophisticated, medium to tall, sharp features, articulate in Hindi and English

6 Male / 31-40 yrs. / Indian.
Man-should be intelligent, witty, urbane, medium height ,agile and articulate in English and Hindi

7. Male / 31-40 yrs. / Indian
Middle aged Man-could be tall or short, shrewd and articulate, fluency in Hindi and English a must.

8. Male / 51-60 yrs. / Indian.
Old Gentleman-should be medium to tall, lean with sharp features, should be agile-fluency in Hindi a must

9. Male / 51-60 yrs. / Indian.
Old Gentleman-should be medium to tall, lean with sharp, intelligent features, thoughtful, articulate in Hindi and English.

10. Female / 18-24 yrs. / Indian.
Young Lady-intelligent, with sharp features, age could be between 20-30-fluency in Hindi a must

11. Male / 18-24 yrs. / Indian.
Young Man 2-vibrant with an innocent charming face, could be boyish, athletic-fluency in Hindi a must

12. Male / 25-30 yrs. / Indian.
Young Man 1-intense,sensitive, with a handsome face-lean or athletic able to converse in fluent Hindi

13-Male -/35-45/
Hard working small town character –who is silent throughout the film-intense, and expressive through his eyes. Lean and muscled perhaps –for someone who has worked hard as labour.

14-Young Girl1- age 15-19-lively, beautiful-medium to tall, energetic and expressive –playing a college going young girl-appears in 3 scenes-has fair amount of Dialogue-needs to be conversant in Hindi

15-Young Girl2- age 15-19-medium to tall, energetic and lively-friend /colleague of young girl 1-appears in 2 scenes with one or two dialogues.

16-Woman – age 20-30 – playing a village/small town woman-who works as farm labour with interesting sharp features, dusky or wheatish, expressive, silent with no dialogue throughout-appears in 3 scenes

17-Woman – age 20-30 – playing the wife of a small village officer-1-2 lines of Dialogue-short or medium height with good features, lively and happy.

OTHER IMPORTANT CHARACTERS

18-Man-age-35-40- Bania-character-intense, shrewd, sharp features, lean –tall or medium height appears in a crucial scene with fair amount of Dialogue.
Fluency in hindi a must. Needs to be articulate.

19-Man-age 45-50, playing a hard working farmer-who is middle aged –lean with a workers’ body, may have a greying beard, sharp eyes-wrinkled skin-appears in 2 scenes with no dialogue

20-Man-age-20-25-farmer’s son1-young man playing farmer’s young son, raw and nteresting appearance –dusky to wheatish-no dialogue-appears in 1 scene-working on the farm

21-Man-age-25-30-farmers’s son2 -young man playing farmer’s young son, raw with strong physique–dusky to wheatish-no dialogue-appears in 1 scene-working on the farm

22-Man-age -35-40-a small town money lendercharacter-sharp features, lean and shrewd-appears in one crucial initial scene with fair amount of dialogue-needs to be conversant in Hindi

23-Man-age-25-35,Hawaldar-tall,energetic and strong bodied, not stout, good physique fluent in Hindi-appears in 2 crucial scenes with Dialogue,.
Man-age-30-40-Farm Labour- who has been working as farm labour-with sharp features, appears in one scene with few lines of dialogue.

24-Man-age-35-40-worker-laborer in a farm-hard bodied, raw and lively appears in one scene-as friend of the above character

25-Man-age 45-50-an old aging farmer in a remote village-with sharp features, with perhaps a graying beard, and intense eyes-appears in one crucial scene with fair amount of Dialogue spoken with a tinge of irony.

26-Man-age35-40-a small town shop owner-
who is lively –can be medium to tall, dusky, and conversant in Hindi-appears in one scene with fair amount of Dialogue.

27 & 28-Man and Woman-playing husband and wife age 30-35,husband-tall-or medium height, shrewd-playing a government officer visiting a small town with his wife-who is pretty and perhaps a bit fashionable-pretty-both appear in one scene with fair amount of dialogue.

29-Young Woman-age-20-25,-village worker-dusky or wheatish, beautiful –mother of a little girl-living alone in a small village-with fair amount of Dialogue appears in one scene.

30-Little Girl in a small town-age 3-4-lively,pretty and sharp with few lines of dialogue-daughter of lady above-appearing in one scene.

31-Little Boy-age-3-4-innocent with interesting features-playing a school going kid in a village school-has few lines of dialogues-appears in one scene

32 -33-Two Little Girls-age 3 and 5-appear in one scene-both are lively and energetic.

34-Little Boy-age 5-7,innocent,expressive and silent-appears in atleast 3 scenes –mostly a silent character with intense eyes-living in a small village who is the son of a labourer.

35-36-Two Men –age-20-25-with good physique,muscled bodies-playing a moneylender’s workmen who extract money through force-no dialogue

37,38,39,40-Rebel leader and his aides(3 men)-sharp features, good physique,tall or medium height with energetic body playing a rebel leaderin the countryside-few lines of dialogue-his aides are also well built and energetic-they have no dialogue

41-42Woman-age-60 or more-who is silent and grave, no dialogue, appears in one scene.

Her Daugher-about 35, working as a farm labourer-with few lines of Dialogue.

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INDEPENDENT MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION NOTES

The story is set in a small township which is located in a vast landscape with a backdrop of blue hills. This township is in the heart of Nature and the wilderness..There is a thick forest with tall trees very close to the town where probably cutting and logging of wood goes on..

There is a gurgling river flowing through the forest and there are also beautiful natural ponds and lakes in the jungle. Farming is the most important activity here. Vast open fields abound all around where a small cycle can cut through the rough tracks between the fields…

The township is connected to the city through a train line running through the fields and agricultural lands…

The township has different kinds of people…not only the poor agricultural farmers, labourers’ and workers, but also some retired city people, a few rich families and some government employees and even occasional visitors.

shack

old factory

jungle

A brief description of the landscape where the film is happening:-


  1. 1. A small town/suburban/rural train station–the railway line should be traversing through large agricultural lands and green fields.

  1. 2. An old house/A Bungalow– a two storied old bungalow (not modern day constructions) on plain ground enveloped by few tall trees. The Bungalow has big windows, a wooden front door, stairs from inside and two separate floors connected by a staircase. The Bungalow is old –from the outside it is rundown and aging. Upper floor has a hall –a study, and another room or two maybe. Ground floor has a big hall with windows.

  1. 3. A very small house-A small shack-just one room but windows on all 4 sides-and doors on front and back. The Shack maybe made of tin metal/stone –it’s in an isolated landscape and having large fields or open landscape around it…there are wood logs around this house. There may be a broken wooden or bamboo boundary around this house.

  1. 4. An old Upper Class/ Zamindar’s House– A bungalow like the old British Bungalows –the bungalow is in the woods or is covered by trees and is old from outside. The Bungalow can be made of stone or wood or even concrete but it should look old –it may also be covered by moss and creepers –and should have the feeling of aging. The Bungalow may look like an old British mansion or an old Haveli. Interior should have very good furniture and should be very well furnished. Large well ventilated rooms-big windows and good furniture –antique and old.

  1. 5. Government office structure – a small concrete or mud or stone structure like a village house with sloping roof which functions as a small government office. An office with 2-3 small rooms-with good wooden windows and doors-there is some old furniture- tables and chairs-bureaus. This office is located close to green fields. On opening any of the windows one sees lush green fields.

  1. 6. A Dairy farm– the house can be made of mud or stone –with sloping roof and windows-where there are 2-3 sections-a cowshed for the cows and other animals, a small house and maybe another shed for storing hay etc.. It should be in an isolated area. The house may have some trees around. The house should be on plain ground.

  1. 7. Lush green fields on plain land with a backdrop of hills. The grass should be tall and wavy.

  1. 8. Village houses-made of mud or stone.

  1. 9. A small town with tiny gullies, streets and many lanes and bi-lanes-with small shops.

  1. 10. A flowing river in a jungle or through a mountain-the river bank should have tall trees and the depth of water should be at least 5-7 feet deep. The water should be clear and transparent-for one or two underwater shots.

  1. 11. A thick –forest with tall –thick trees –creepers and lot of undergrowth between trees.

  1. 12. A lake in a jungle with water at least 4-5 feet deep-surrounded by trees.

  1. 13. An old Factory

CASTING CALL FOR FULL LENGTH FEATURE FILM IN HINDI AND ENGLISH

IMAGINEM CINEMA is inviting applications from both amateur as well as experienced actors for a Full Length Feature Film in Hindi and English which is to be shot around September this year. We also eagerly welcome fresh aspirants with no background in acting whatsoever to come forth with their profiles.

Major Cast

1. Male /18-25y yrs.

Young Man-lean, tall, boyish -fluency in Hindi a must

2. Male / 20-30 yrs. / India

Young Man-should be lean with hard or rugged physical features, silent and grave

3. Female / 25-30 yrs. / Indian.

Woman-sharp, witty, beautiful, should be able to talk fluently in both Hindi and English

4. Female / 25-30 yrs. / Indian.

Woman-tall or short, conventionally beautiful-should be able to talk fluently in both Hindi and English

5. Male / 31-40 yrs. / Indian.

Man-polished, sophisticated, medium to tall, sharp features, articulate in Hindi and English

6. Male / 31-40 yrs. / Indian.

Man-should be intelligent, witty, urbane, medium height ,agile and articulate in English and Hindi

7.Male / 31-40 yrs. / Indian

Middle aged Man-could be tall or short, shrewd and articulate, fluency in Hindi and English a must.

8. Male / 51-60 yrs. / Indian.

Old Gentleman-should be medium to tall, lean with sharp features, should be agile-fluency in Hindi a must

9. Male / 51-60 yrs. / Indian.

Old Gentleman-should be medium to tall, lean with sharp, intelligent features, thoughtful, articulate in Hindi and English.

10. Female / 18-24 yrs. / Indian.

Young Lady-intelligent, with sharp features, age could be between 20-30-fluency in Hindi a must

11. Male / 18-24 yrs. / Indian.

Young Man 2-vibrant with an innocent charming face, could be boyish, athletic-fluency in Hindi a must

12. Male / 25-30 yrs. / Indian.

Young Man 1-intense,sensitive,with a handsome face-lean or athletic able to converse in fluent Hindi

13-Male -/35-45/

– a hard working small town character –intense

14-Young Girl1- age 15-17-lively,beautiful

15-Young Girl2- age 15-17

16-Woman – age 20-30 – a village/small town woman

17-Woman – age 20-30 – a woman in a small town

Minor Cast

Man-age 45-50, farmer

Man-age-20-25-farmer’s son1

Man-age-25-30-farmers’s son2

Man-age -35-40-a small town money lender

Man-age-35-40,Hawaldar

Man-age-35-40,a thin,lanky,village character

Man-age-35-40-worker/laborer

Man-age 45-50-a farmer –thin and lanky

Man-age35-40-a small town shop owner

Man and Woman-age 30-35,urban

Young Woman-age-20-25,

Little Girl-age 3-4

Little Boy-age-3-4

Two Little Girls-age 3 and 5

Two Little Boys-4 and 5

Two Men –age-20-25

Four Men-age group-20-30

Woman-age-60 or more


Please send your profiles/photographs on info@imaginemcinema.com or imaginemcinema@yahoo.com/imaginemcinema@gmail.com