Raising questions through films

Published: Nov 30, 2012, 08:14 IST | Special Features

A geology graduate from St Xavier's College, Ajay Noronha eventually turned to his first love - filmmaking. He has shot several documentaries, TV shows and films like Slumdog Millionaire and Ferrari Ki Sawaari.

Noronha’s debut film was Bhailey, and his upcoming second film Picture of You is ready for release. CS chats up with Ajay:

Similarities and differences
Reality TV and documenting reality are as far apart as an aardvark is from Antarctica. But the most significant difference for me is the motivation. In the mainstream commercial set-up, the motivation is usually profit, but documentary allows for a varied motivations that go beyond commercial reasons.

Places to shoot
A good place to shoot is the one which helps you tell a story. I like the sea and spend a lot of time there. The ever-changing light on the water, the sand and in the sky enthralls me. There's a film I am working on in Jerusalem. It is about the remarkable friendship between a Palestinian Arab taxi driver and a Jewish American professor.

Role models
I love films of Ingmar Bergman, Tarkovsky, Lars Von Trier, Abbas Kiarostami, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ranjan Palit, Gurudutt, Amar Kanwar, etc. 

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