Scooter’s reception at the New York Indian Film Festival proves debutant filmmaker Shiladitya Moulik is headed in the right direction
When Shiladitya Moulik decided to switch from advertising to filmmaking a year ago, he thought about what his cricket coach had told him in school—if exercise makes your body ache, know it’s working. “Similarly, filmmaking can be painful too. But I remember those words and go to bed smiling,” begins Moulik, who directed Mrs Scooter, which is riding into the New York Indian Film Festival and the NFDC Film Bazaar in Goa. Set in a town in Uttar Pradesh, the movie, starring Anjali Patil and Satyakam Anand, speaks of the love between a woman and a scooter, which develops after the husband abandons the two.
The big leap
Tired of his job at an advertising firm, Moulik decided to take the plunge with three of his friends. “Deepak Nagar, Saarthak Juneja and Anamika Roy Choudhary were in my team. Back then, people told us how unprofessional it was to quit as a team. Now that the film is going to international festivals, they praise us for taking a bold step,” says Moulik, describing how Nagar came up with the idea when he spotted a scooter, with a sticker that read, “Someone somewhere is made for me.”
Moulik’s favourite genres are sci-fi, rom-com and thrillers. He is currently working on a horror comedy and a drama, both “tough genres to work on simultaneously.” The MBA graduate offers three tips for aspiring filmmakers: “Be honest to the story. Be open to people, even a spot boy can add value to your film. And don’t second guess your audience. They might love what you never expected.”
Mrs Scooter is scheduled to release in India in three months.
— Mrinalini Sundar