Anand Gandhi is one of the few filmmakers who believe in experimenting with new formats. His debut directorial, Ship of Theseus, was appreciated by the audience and critics alike and now Gandhi has come up with yet another experimental project. The National Award-winning filmmaker has now made available 34 hours of footage of Ship of Theseus online on pad.ma and has invited film enthusiasts to download, share and modify the footage and make their own versions of the film.
Titled Open Source Cinema Project, the initiative according to Gandhi, is a first of its kind in Indian cinema. "It's a unique opportunity and I will eagerly wait to see how my film will now have new versions with completely different meanings and approaches. It's open to all so long the objective is non-commercial," says Gandhi. If everything falls in place, he also plans to screen a select few edited versions of the film in the coming months. "We are planning a cinemathon, where we will screen the best edits and versions in Mumbai," he says.
Gandhi is also producing a political documentary, Proposition for a Revolution, under his banner, Recyclewala Films. The film tells the story of Aam Aadmi Party and is being directed by Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla, who have been following the party since it's inception. The film captures the political outfit's journey till the Delhi elections.
"It's a crowdfunded film and is currently in its post-production stage. The Facebook page of the film is getting good response," says Gandhi, who is also busy working on his second production, Tumbad, a period fantasy directed by Rahi Anil Barve. Set in the 1930s, the film tells the story of how Vinayak Rao uncovers a dark secret that has been buried and hidden for years. The title role is being played by Sohum Shah of Ship of Theseus fame.
Ask him about his next directorial, and Gandhi says, "I have a couple of ideas in mind. One is about a man and his relationships with three women and the other one is a sci-fi. I am writing the screenplays and will start working on one of them by the end of this year." Gandhi is also developing two other projects under Recyclewala, of which one is based on augmented reality and the other on virtual reality. He is presently working on the project based on virtual reality.