#ReadersSpecial: Meet Parampara Patil Hashmi, the cinema girl, living her filmi dream

  • Nihit Bhave, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Feb 23, 2015 16:13 IST

Parampara Patil Hashmi is living her filmi dream by urging people on Twitter to watch films with her

Ever since she was a student at a boarding school, Parampara Patil Hashmi, 21, knew that she wanted to be a filmmaker. “I watched Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt movies as a child,” she recollects. “Andaz, Shree 420 and Sahib, Biwi Aur Ghulam were my favourites.”

The only way to get some grounding in cinema, however, was to watch as many movies from across the world as she could. “After my graduation, I had a long summer ahead and I wanted to do something productive,” she says. “A film magazine had just released a list of 100 greatest films of all time, and to my surprise, I had already watched 60 of them. I set out to watch the rest, and started tweeting about my reactions.”

Soon, people took notice and joined Hashmi’s initiative, #100FilmyDays. She urged people to watch 100 films over a span of 100 days and discussed each film in detail via 140 characters.

“What started as a challenge for myself, ended up gaining momentum on Twitter,” she says. “My friends and followers joined in with the movies they were watching and the hashtag became noticeable. This year, I’ve started the second season of #100FilmyDays.”

Hashmi aims to spread awareness about regional and international cinema with her Twitter challenge. “I’ve started watching a lot of Marathi films,” she says. “I’m urging people to watch films like Balak Palak and Shwas, which are easily available but aren’t well known. Regional films are so original in their concept and execution.”

Hashmi has started another initiatives on her blog, Cinemawalitwist.com. She talks to people about their favourite filmi memories and how films have shaped aspects of their lives. “It’s like a take on Humans Of New York and it’s called People For Cinema.”

From HT Brunch, February 22
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