The legend who gave us memorable movies such as Lamhe, Trishul, Chandni, Kabhi Kabhi, Veer Zara, Silsila and Dil Toh Pagal Hai may well have been an engineer. Yes, you guessed it right, late filmmaker Yash Chopra originally sought to pursue a career in engineering. But, his love for films took him to Mumbai.
As a matter of fact, it’s not just Yash Chopra; many of Punjab’s engineering students are inclined towards filmmaking. The three-day PEC (Punjab Engineering College) fest, has given such students a platform to showcase their talent.
The college’s Projection Design Club (PDC) organised a short film festival, the team of 10 from PDC being the brain behind the event. Anoop Grover, 21, fourth year mechanical engineering student, who is also the general secretary of PDC, said, “There is an increasing groundswell for short films amongst the youth, as their penchant for designing software is increasing by the day. For the fest, we collaborated with Shamiana—Asia’s largest and fastest growing short-film club, spread over 10 cities in India—and have received entries from many elite colleges including IIT-B and NITs.”
The films were screened on the last day of the event (Sunday). Karanpreet Gill, third year mechanical engineering student and one of the main organisers of the film fest, said, “We received 14 short films and 11 ad (advertisement) films from not only Chandiggarh colleges but also from colleges such as IIT Mumbai, MIT Institute of Design, Pune and HBTI Kanpur.
Out of these, only eight selected short films and nine ad films were screened. Apart from these, six internationally acknowledged movies such as Cat Story, Doodlebug, Oktapodi, All About Women, Zero and Lost Memories, which were provided by Shamiana, were also shown. A total of 23 movies were screened in the two-hour long event. Were also distributing cash prizes worth R10,000 to the first three positions.”