His debut film Hansa has already received accolades at film festivals. “We had never even thought that the film would release in a theatre. The effort was to make an honest movie and I guess that came across.,” says Manav.
The first-time director admits there were start-up hiccups with the project, as nobody on his team had a clue about filmmaking. “Most of the cast comprises of mountains folk and the rest are from theatre. Initially, I didn’t even know where to place the camera! (laughs) But then we managed to complete the film in 20 days.”