Scootera��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 schoola��if exercise makes your body ache, know ita��s working. a�?Similarly, filmmaking can be painful too. But I remember those words and go to bed smiling,a�? 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. a�?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,a�? says Moulik, describing how Nagar came up with the idea when he spotted a scooter, with a sticker that read, a�?Someone somewhere is made for me.a�?
Moulika��s favourite genres are sci-fi, rom-com and thrillers. He is currently working on a horror comedy and a drama, both a�?tough genres to work on simultaneously.a�? The MBA graduate offers three tips for aspiring filmmakers: a�?Be honest to the story. Be open to people,A� even a spot boy can add value to your film. And dona��t second guess your audience. They might love what you never expected.a�?
Mrs Scooter is scheduled to release in India in three months.
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