Taking Indore on the world map of cinema, city’s Vidhi Ghodgaonkar screened her first directorial short film ‘When I Met Myself’ at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday.
Vidhi came along with her friend actor Manish Raisinghan to make the film that has garnered a lot of attention at the French Riviera. Talking to HT City, Vidhi, who assists B-Town director Rohit Shetty, said, “The film was shot six months back between two schedules of Dilwale. Manish and I have been friends for long. He approached me for the film and I immediately started working on the script.”
Shot at a single location in Mumbai, the eight-and-a-half minute long film is a zero budget film.
“We haven’t spent a penny on the film. The location where we shot the film happens to be a Manish’s friend’s restaurant. The editing was done by Manish and I. Once the film was shot, Rohit Sir’s team helped us with the post production without charging us anything. Everybody has taken a step extra to help us with our film, a gesture we appreciate the most,” she added.
Although the film did not participate in any competition at Cannes, its poster was released there followed by a screening.
“Manish was already going to Cannes for one of his short films. We decided to launch the poster there. The poster was released by Mohan Kumar, ambassador of Indian to France and Lavanya Kumar, First Secretary Cultural, Paris,” she said while adding that the film will soon participate in at least five short film competitions by the end of this month.
The film is about a 32 year-old professional from Delhi who is visited by a 19-year old version of his own self as a reminder that one should not forget to live while growing up. Actor Suhail Nayyar is seen in double role, playing the lead character.