His mind’s eye
It’s hard to believe when you hear it now, but Hrithik Roshan says he was not a good dancer! His is the story of the insecure child who overcame his shortcomings to become a mega star. He recalls being a shy child who was never “good enough”. Over the years, he developed the tools to get over his fears. Primary among these is using the tool of visualisation. So when he was required to learn a song and dance routine for a film, Roshan would not ask for an additional day of rehearsal. Instead he would take that additional day to be in his own zone and visualise the routine and dance steps. “And that’s how I would learn,” he says. “I would imagine myself doing those steps and I would be able to do them in front of the camera. If you focus on how to make it possible, then you get the right answers.” Now that’s great advice from the Bollywood superhero.
A struggler’s story
Amit Masurkar’s debut film, Sulemani Keeda, opens today. Engineering student turned writer and then filmmaker, Masurkar’s slacker comedy stars Naveen Kasturia and Mayank Tewari as two struggling Bollywood writers in this enjoyable film. The idea for his debut film came from his own struggles as a writer, says Masurkar. “Four of my commissioned screenplays, written with some reputed directors, didn’t take off due to reasons beyond my control. This is when I decided to take things into my own hands and stop waiting for that elusive big break.” This is the story of Dulal and his hustler friend Mainak, who are from Delhi and are struggling in Mumbai, trying to get a break to write a big Bollywood film. “Their picaresque journey brings them to a position where they are forced to choose between their friendship, love and a big break,” says Masurkar.
Thirty years ago, Bhopal and the world saw one of the worst industrial disasters unfold. The toxic gas leak affected thousands, many of whom are still suffering physically, emotionally or mentally. In 1999, Mahesh Mathai’s Bhopal Express was among the first to shine a spotlight on the impact and ensuing injustice that followed the gas leak on the night of December 2-3, 1984. There have been a number of documentaries that have highlighted this tragedy and surrounding issues. Commemorating 30 years since the event, director Ravi Kumar’s film Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain releases today. Starring Hollywood actors Martin Sheen, Kal Penn and Mischa Barton alongside Tannishtha Chatterjee and Rajpal Yadav, Kumar says his film “aims to show the message of the disaster, while the audience is entertained by its thriller drama.”
Last week, the curtains came down on another successful edition of the International Film Festival of India and its sidebar event, Film Bazaar, in Goa. The NFDC championed event has become a critical fixture on the annual calendar particularly for independent and first-time filmmakers. This year was no different as Film Bazaar attracted a host of fresh talent and established ones. From more than one hundred projects given a platform, some of the ones that came out trumps were Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s No Land’s Man, which won the NFDC Development Award, Raam Reddy’s film Thithi, which won an award in fiction category and Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla’s documentary Proposition for a Revolution, which was awarded in the non-fiction category. Let’s hope many of these projects find global recognition.