A dream comes true for Sushil Rajpal
When president Pratibha Patil handed over the National Film Award to Sushil for producing best film on social issues-Antardwandwa, it was a dream come true for this 45-year-old cameraman.india Updated: Oct 22, 2009 17:39 IST
Gorakhpur generally does not captivate a lensman. But this is the place from where Sushil Rajpal began his journey behind the camera when as a kid he started shooting indiscript places in the eastern UP district on black-n-white roll of Agfa camera.
The journey reached the National Film Awards as he bagged the one for the best film on social issues.
“I think this is just a beginning,” said Sushil who has dabbled well in the ad-film industry. And Yash Chopra had once commented: “No one has ever shot Varanasi in a movie the way Sushil did in our home productions—Laaga Chunri Mein Daag’.
On Wednesday when the president Pratibha Patil handed over the National Film Award to Sushil for producing best film on social issues-Antardwandwa, it was a dream come true for this 45-year-old cameraman.
During the award ceremony at Vigyan Bhawan, Sushil shared dais with the big guns of film industry including Adoor Gopalkrishnan, Aamir Khan, Prasoon Joshi and Aditya Chopra. The president made special mention of Antardwandwa and called upon the film community to focus on the social issues.
Talking to HT on telephone on Thursday Sushil said Antardwandwa was my first venture as film director and producer. “In the film I have highlighted the practice of forcible marriage practiced in some part of Bihar”, he said.
“The film is focuses on the institution of marriage, the relationship of boy and girl who have been forced into relationship by the parents. Ultimately the girl revolts and walks out of the marriage”, he said.
“I have invested all my savings in the production of the film. Frankly speaking I was not expecting a national award”, he said.
After completing primary school from Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Pakki Bagh in Gorakhpur Sushil completed high school from Vikas Vidyalaya, Ranchi. He enrolled in Hansraj College, University of Delhi for graduation.
“While staying in the hostel I met students coming from various walks of life, each one has an interesting story to tell. My friends inspired me to focus on the social issues, to make movies on the events that is happening around us”, he said.
After completing diploma in cinematography from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Sushil worked as cameraman for various advertising agencies in Mumbai.
The award will certainly work as a source of inspiration for me. It has given recognition to my effort and now I am planning to focus on another social issues- a film based on the common man.
His parents reside at Sindhi colony located near Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur. Both of them could not make to the award programme, as his mother Parmeshwari is bed ridden after suffering a leg fracture. “We are waiting for Sushil to return from Delhi then the family would celebrate together”, said Seema Rajpal the wife of younger brother Surendra Rajpal.