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chandigarh Updated: Oct 28, 2012 10:43 IST
Navleen Lakhi
Navleen Lakhi
Hindustan Times
Young theatre artiste

Your desire to appear on celluloid will not necessarily be fulfilled only if KJo launches you in another one of his STOYs, or if you’re already rolling in moolah.

Youngsters from Chandigarh, who are experimenting by making very low-budget movies, makes you want to pat their backs. Young theatre artiste, Calib Logan, who has directed, written and acted in his short feature film, Try to Understand, is all set launch his venture today.

The movie is a love triangle without dialogues, which will see theatre actors Monika Pawar, Calib Logan and Jashan Singh playing the main leads. Calib shares, “I wanted to make a movie without spending much on it, which was followed by an idea of making a movie without dialogues, as it will help in reducing the cost of dubbing. Thanks to the theatre background, I didn’t face any problems in finding actors. From the past three years, I have also been working with line producer Gaurav Sharma Gabbar, who has handled production of movies such as West is West, Mausam, Teen Thay Bhai, Brownian Movement, Pinky Moge Wali and Yamley Jatt Yamley among others. His production company, The Theatre Army, has produced the movie. So, even on the sets of the movie I used to learn technical aspects of moviemaking.”

Calib, who has worked in plays such as Mrityunjay, Premkatha, Toba Tek Singh and Hum Bihar Mein Chunav Lad Rahe Hain used his theatre skills for the direction. “My movie is inspired by my observation of our day-to-day behaviour and gestures. Thus, dialogues weren’t mandatory. When I finished writing it in 2010, I had only four people on board. But then a lot of others joined in and the number increased to 20.

The camera has been handled by George Emmuneal, Naveen and Anglel. Graphic designer George is a pass out from Government College of Arts, Sector 10 and has worked for The Beginning — a comic on Sikhism that was released in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. When the shoot finished, I learnt the editing software by fiddling with it. I finished the editing on my own in one-and-a-half months,” he says. About his upcoming projects he says, “It’s based on Superhero, which is an animated comic by George Emmuneal and will be published by The Time Machine Pictures.”

Movie release

Where: Bal Bhawan, Sector 23
When: October 28
Time: 7 pm
Free entry