A film directed by FTII student Anurag Goswami as part of a diploma course called ‘Kaun Kamleshwar?’ has bagged thecoveted Satyajit Ray Foundation’s short film award at an event held in conjunction with the London International Film Festival recently. The festival was held between July 18 to July 25 and the film was screened on July 25. The winner is being awarded a cash prize of £1,000.
Talking to MiD DAY, Goswami said, “I am very happy and this film has made us very proud by bagging such a prestigious award. It was a part of our diploma studies and we spent a long time conceptualising it. The film has also been screened at other festivals and we received favourable reviews. This award is more special as it’s the Satyajit Ray Foundation’s award.”
Talking about the film’s plot, he said, “Kaun Kamleshwar? is about two brothers who are travelling on a bike to their village to put an end to one of their life’s biggest troubles. The plan, however, does not equip them to deal with the vagaries of fate when they learn that the tables have turned against them. In dealing with the queer turn of events, they ultimately realise that they should have been more careful in what they wished for. Basically, it’s a film in the dark humour genre.” As the protagonists of the film are on a travel, most of the film’s shooting was done on the roads of Pune and nearby areas.
“The 20-minutes film was shot in about 15 days in areas like Ahemadnagar and Supa Valley. There were a few difficulties we faced with resources and traffic, but our team managed by putting in the right effort. We are glad FTII chose the film to be sent to various festivals; it has fetched us appreciation from all over the world.”
The jury comprised Atif Ghani (producer -- Ill Manors), Kim Longinotto (director --Salma), Sunny Grewal (BBC London), Meghna Gupta (shots director, Unravel) and Satwant Gill (LIFF). They said in a statement that the film was confident and ambitious in its storytelling; introduced engaging characters and was genuinely cinematic.
Using some unforgettable images and offbeat humour the film talks about random decisions that have the power to shape our lives. The jury members of the Fujifilm-Indradhanush Film School Competition held in 2012 also specially acknowledged ‘Kaun Kamleshwar?’.