When a graduate from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) teams up with students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), they can be expected to launch a tech firm or a science fiction movie.
Under the direction of a graduate from IIM-Lucknow, 29 students from IIT-Delhi have made a sci-fi thriller, Formula 69, a first in the history of the institution. The movie is about three final-year IIT-Delhi students who are forced into an adventure trip after their dean is murdered and a secret formula that he was working on, disappears.
The students — Chatur (played by Hemant Kathuria), Bhains (Himschwet Gaurav) and Magga (Tarun Singhal) — have to solve the mystery and retrieve the formula - apart from clearing their final-year exams - all in a span of six days. The 99-minute film, written and directed by Nitin Desai, makes use of four magical imaginary inventions.
The first is the Brain2Beauty cream that can convert mental powers into good looks. Then is the I-Nak, a pair of spectacles that can transmit and receive video and audio signals. Tastemaker is a special formula that can make any dish delicious and Jugad is a special automobile made up of scrap and runs on biodegradable trash.
"Doing a thriller was quite interesting but what is more encouraging is its cast and crew — all IITians,” said Desai, who left his plum corporate job in 2005 to pursue a career in creativity.
The movie was completed in seven months at a cost of about Rs five lakh, funded mainly by IIT-Delhi. The film has been screened in the IIT-Delhi campus and the team behind the movie is negotiating with TV channels to market it.