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You cannot have a conversation excluding cinema, at FTII: Siddharth Sinha

Siddharth Sinha’s short film The Job is inspired by the character of Lady Macbeth for William Shakespeare’s Macbeth

art and culture Updated: Jun 15, 2018 19:16 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Director Siddharth Sinha discussing a shot with actor Kalki Koechlin during the filming of The Job(HTPHOTO)

English poet and playwright William Shakespeare’s written works have inspired many to adapt and create series, films and shows based on his iconic plays. Director Siddharth Sinha was also completely influenced by Shakespeare’s works and was deeply interested in his writings. One particular character that stayed with Siddharth was that of Lady Macbeth from the tragic play Macbeth. Inspired by that character, Siddharth wrote a short film titled The Job. He says, “Many films and series have been made inspired by Shakespeare’s play plots. However, I have taken one character and transformed it. Lady Macbeth completely intrigued me and I took her out of the plot and wrote a different story around her characteristics.”

The short film, which will be released online, stars Kalki Koechlin in the lead. It is a psychological thriller drama. “I think Kalki is one of the most sincere, hardworking and challenging actors of today’s time. When I read out the script to her, she took no time to say yes. She wasn’t well during the shoot, yet she gave her 100% for the long hours. She is very imaginative too, which helps the director a lot,” adds Siddharth.

Siddharth Sinha is an alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune

The director is an alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and recalls his time in the institute, “When you are studying in one of the most prominent institutes of India that teaches films, you get time to understand cinema. You cannot have a conversation at FTII excluding cinema. The environment is consumed by it, and prepares you for your career and battles.”

Siddharth is now working on a Hindi feature script and has got actor-director Konkana Sen Sharma on board for it.

First Published: Jun 15, 2018 19:13 IST