Movie buffs will soon be treated to a sneak peek into the undisclosed work of two popular Bollywood directors. At the upcoming Wassup Andheri Festival, the first of its kind in the movie-obsessed suburb, Imtiaz Ali (Rockstar, 2011) and Anurag Kashyap (Dev D, 2009) will screen two of their unreleased films for attendees.
The initiative is part of a filmmaking workshop to be held on location, where 12 aspiring directors will get a chance to be mentored by the acclaimed directors. “Imtiaz and Anurag have two very distinct styles of filmmaking. On the first day, as part of our launch, they will each screen an unreleased film for the public to watch. They are close friends too, so the session should be fun to watch,” says Ajay Modgil, initiator of the festival, adding, “We’ve shortlisted 12 contestants, who’ll be divided into two groups of six. Each group will be under the tutelage of one director, who will guide them in making their films.”
Based on the topic ‘the girl and the autorickshaw’, each of the contestants will have to shoot at least 30 seconds of their short film during the festival. Once the work is complete, the mentors will switch roles, and judge each other’s teams. “Two finalists will be chosen, and their films will be screened for the audience, who will vote to decide the winner,” says Modgil.
While there is a cash bounty awaiting the winner, Modgil reveals that there is a larger pay-off for whoever impresses the celebrity judges. “The exact amount for the cash prize hasn’t been finalised yet. But the real reward is that the winner can choose which of the two directors, Imtiaz or Anurag, he or she would like to assist on their next film.”