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Films by city students to be screened at international festivals

Startled by the news that on an average 11 people die on Mumbai’s railway tracks daily, a group of students decided to make a film on it.

mumbai Updated: May 02, 2011 01:45 IST
Pankti Mehta

Startled by the news that on an average 11 people die on Mumbai’s railway tracks daily, a group of students decided to make a film on it. Little did they know then that their venture Incerto, uncertain in Portuguese, will be selected for screening at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) on May 5 and the Krakow film festival in Poland scheduled for May-end.

The group includes three students from Whistling Woods International (WWI), that has partnered with the NYIFF to offer an international platform to deserving students. The 18-minute film tells the story of Diego, a boy obsessed with capturing footage of accident-related deaths in Mumbai. He places surveillance cameras at accident-prone spots around the city and posts the footage on his website. Soon, a quest for a masterpiece begins and Diego begins to predict these accidental deaths.

Rahul Prakash, 25, writer and director, said: “The film follows the psychological journey of a character in a real-world setting. I’m ecstatic that the film has been selected for the festivals.”

The other students in the team include producer Aditya Satarkar, 24, and cinematographer Alman Sunkersett, 29.

Sanjay Wandrekar, who has worked on 3 Idiots, has given the background score.

For NYIFF, Incerto has been selected along with five other short films from Whistling Woods International, all to be screened on the same day. The other five films include Kaala Pani, a film on the real-life story of a woman being branded for committing adultery in a village in Haryana; Daily Soap based on the life of a struggling scriptwriter; Uss Paar, a short film about a father-daughter relationship set amid Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations which stars Jackie Shroff; Punha a tale of a nine-year-old trying to get funds for her puppy’s birthday party and Flip about an unlucky girl whose life takes a sudden U-turn.

“These students will be India’s next generation filmmakers,” said director Subhash Ghai, founder and chairman, Whistling Woods International.