Already critically appreciated at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, Babak Najafi’s Swedish directorial venture, Sebbe, moved the Indian audiences too.
Najafi interacted with the members of the Mumbai Young Critics after the screening and admitted that one’s personal experiences are the only resources to start a project with. The director said that certain aspects of the movie are related to his life, even though it’s not an autobiographical work.
Regarding his ways of training the actors, he mentioned that it is crucial for any director to create memories for his actors to get them into various emotional levels and to establish a connection between them.
While discussing his film with the critics, he dwelt on the significance of the ‘Dog’ as a character in the script. He explained that the ‘Dog’ is just a metaphor and open to audience interpretation.
Najafi concluded by asking everybody to download the movie and circulate it. According to him, that’s the only way to avail of the cinematic work. When asked if this strategy upsets his producers, he answered in the affirmative. But he felt compelled to resort to it because he wanted people to connect to his work without paying, and to him, downloading the only viable option.
The writer is part of the Mumbai Film Festival's (MAMI) Young Critics’ Programme, an initiative of HT Cafe