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Short films by non-filmmakers

Regular city celebrities, turned amateur directors, now hope to showcase their latest creations at film festivals.

entertainment Updated: Feb 17, 2010 19:19 IST
Jayeeta Mazumder

You have seen them taking up their brushes and creating magic on canvas, you’ve seen them cooking delicious dishes… but donning the director’s hat? Well, now celebrity artists, gallerists, chefs and others get behind the camera too.

Max Orlati, Arzan Khambata, Seema Kohli, Jenny Bhatt, Subodh Kerkar, Paresh Maity, Shayan Aziz, Salim Asgar Ali, Aditya and Divya Hitkari, and many others, showcased their short films at the Kala Ghoda Festival recently. Initiated into the art, most of them insist that they would continue making films now, and even register with various film festivals.

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Artist Subodh Kerkar says, “My father passed away four years ago, so I decided to make a film on him. He has been the greatest influence in my life; the only teacher of substance. The film has 300 pictures of him, in the form of installations, on hilltops, roads, on the beach, wherever else he used to walk.”

Chef Max had initially decided to shoot his film in Nagaland, but that did not work out. “I have portrayed the unknown side of this city. I have shot at various fish markets, in Bandra, Colaba, and other places people are not even aware of. It’s about real experiences and how these people live on in a city like Mumbai,” he says.

Chef Max is game for showcasing his films at fests too, if he is given the opportunity.

Artist Arzan Khambata took the humour-fiction route. With a handycam, he and Kanchan Khubchandani shot their film, Decibell, for 12 hours at a stretch. “The 20-minute fantasy film is a fun account of this guy, who is distraught by noise pollution in the city.

He meets an inventor, who has created a machine that can translate any noise into familiar, comforting sounds. I shot in trains, streets and caught action by accident too. It addresses an issue, so watch it for its message.”

Khambata admits that he is interested in black-and-white sketches and photography too, but with films, he is truly moving away from his calling and doesn’t seem to mind it.