One of the highlights of the ongoing International Film Festival of India has been the Film Bazaar.
The Bazaar is a highly successful enterprise organised by the National Film Development Corporation of India, mandated to promote meaningful cinema and encourage new talent in a bid to counter Bollywood and other majors.
There were some 450 delegates this year at the Bazaar, including people as well-known as Christian Jeune of the Cannes Film Festival, respected British movie critic Derek Malcolm and an equally renowned film journalist from Hong Kong, Patrick Frater, and India’s Anurag Kashyap, Sudhir Mishra and Anwar Jamal among a host of others.
Basically, a market which helps buyers and sellers meet, the Bazaar has grown into an important arena where talent is discovered and nurtured. It is in this context that Bikas Mishra’s movie project, Chauranga (Four Colours), gains importance.
Chauranga won the prestigious Incredible India Award at the Bazaar out of the 23 competing entries. The Award, instituted this year by the Federal Ministry of Tourism, has a cash component of USD 20,000.
Chauranga, whose script emerged from the Corporation’s Screenwriters’ Lab, held at Locarno and Goa in 2010, will be produced by Sanjay Suri’s and Onir’s Anticlock Films. Suri is an actor, while Onir is a director, and both have produced three movies together, My Brother Nikhil, Sorry Bhai, and I Am. They were all helmed by Onir with Sanjay acting in them.
Mishra’s short film, Dance of Ganesha (Dance of the Elephant God), had its world premiere at Busan in October.
Mishra, who is now set to helm his first full-length feature, has penned a plot that deals with the painfully tragic subject of honour killing. About a 14-year-old lower caste Hindu boy who is mercilessly killed because he writes a love letter to a 16-year-old upper caste Hindu girl, Four Colours will soon go on the floors. To be shot in Jharkhand, which falls in the belt notorious for such heinous murders, the movie is slated for completion in the second half of 2012.