They were the most crucial 48 hours for some people in the city. For film-makers participating in the recently held 48-hour-film project, that is. “There were about 71 teams, from which 48 managed to make it on time. We timed the teams to the last second. Those who were even a second late in submitting the film were put in the late film category,” says Preeti Gopalkrishnan, co-producer of the Indian leg of the festival.
“The teams were given a prop, character and dialogue on the spot with different genres to make sure that they couldn’t enroll any previous film in the project,” she adds. The films were then judged by a jury of filmmakers such as Mahesh Mathai, Madhureeta Anand, Nila Madhab Panda. Here’s what the winners have to say about the craziest 48 hours of their lives.
Best Film winner, Comedy Genre, 6min 40 seconds
Made by first timers Petromax productions, the film received 6 awards including best film, best direction, writing, sound-design, prop, actor (female) at the project. “Instead of making an out and out slapstick comedy, we have made a subtle satire on the present generation’s fixation with social networking,” says Arko Provo Bose, 29, writer and director. The film revolves around a young businesswoman, Jyoti Khurana, who thinks of committing suicide because her passport is rejected but instead gets hooked to the responses of people after she declares her intention on a social networking site.
Second Runner-up, Superhero Genre, 6min 15seconds
With a small team of two core members and five spontaneous additions, this super-hero movie is an example of some fast team work and dedication. Made by Celluloid Drapers, the film is a kind of “mockumentary” with real people like a barber, butcher, juice vendor and dhaba worker shot in their regular environment in a slum on the Yamuna Banks. “It was difficult to shoot with non-actors at live locations. Sometimes we had to do almost 50-60 re-takes to get the perfect shot. Also managing the crowd of more than 200 people was a challenge,” says Faraz Alam, writer, editor and director of the movie. The movie is about a local super hero, JEP2 Man, who is invited to attend an international conference but can’t make it as his passport gets rejected. Instead, the political hero MaNo Man goes for the conference.
Runner-up (Tie), Sci Fi Genre, 6min
Shot on a hill of garbage dump in Ghazipur, this is the story of two rag pickers who travel forward in time to meet their favourite star — Sunny Leone. “I have crossed this garbage dump often while travelling from Delhi to my home town, Meerut,” says Pankaj Tyagi director and script writer of the movie. “I learnt to think on my feet, and to make the best use of resources available. I convinced Deepak Saini — my assistant editor to play the role of a rag-picker,” says Tyagi from On Road Productions. “People have been calling him ever since, saying that he looks like a real Kabaddi wala,”says Tyagi about Saini, who was adjudged Best actor (male).
Khurana Ki Chutti
First Runner-up, Vacation Genre, 7min, 19 seconds
This film by Fat Girl productions is inspired by the true story of a friend who’s wife went missing during a vacation. “I feel that if a loved one goes missing, it is even more traumatic that death. In death, there is an end to a journey, but a partner is left in constant enigma if a loved one goes missing without any answers or explanation,” says Pallavi Sharma, 30, director of the film. Made by a crew of 9 girls with one lead male actor — Chetan Sahni, the members say that the gender is only incidental. “Men are most welcome as long as they don’t mind working with a group of crazy, creative girls,” she adds. Thrilled at winning the first runners up, Adhira Agarwal, editor of the film says, “These were the craziest 48 hours of my life. We were deciding the script till 2 am in the morning and started shooting after that.”