“Documentaries have often had an extended news reel feel to them,” opines Cyrus Bharucha. Hoping to turn that image around, Bharucha is ready to share his 40 years of experience of being a TV and film producer plus director for various news channels such as BBC, PBA, CNN and A&E. “A good documentary is as entertaining as a feature,” asserts Bharucha hoping to draw much-needed attention to one of the most neglected genres of filmmaking in India.
He further divulges, “The workshop will have several definite emphases that will include the history of documentary, a film I made at the BBC on the floods in Pakistan and another documentary, Fireworks! The Magic of Pyrotechnics, that looks at how eleven countries in the world treat them differently.” As an example, he suggests, “Sivakasi in India started with matchbox making and later forayed into making fireworks.” He also plans to screen a documentary based on Frank Sinatra’s life. Rather than focusing on his ability to make the ladies swoon with his silken voice, this take, called Sinatra: Dark Star, is on his connections with the mafia .
Having taught at several universities including Whistling Woods, he shares how once, while screening Murder on a Sunday Morning -- a 2001 Oscar Award winner for Best Documentary -- for his students got an epiphanic response. “When it finished, there was silence for a few minutes. Slowly, they started saying, ‘It’s awesome, sir. It’s awesome. My god, it’s like a Hitchcock film, sir.” Bharucha feels equally excited about the upcoming documentary filmmakers and wants to clear the air by relaying that there is a lot of money in this kind of filmmaking too.
On Aug 8, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm and Aug 9, 9.30 am to 2.00 pm
At British Council Division, 901, 9th Floor, Tower 1, One Indiabulls Centre, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone Road (W).
Cost r5,500 (for Mylibrary members) and r7,000