Friday, September 2, 2011

Regional lit largely unexplored in films

Maanzar (The Cat), a Marathi short film directed by Pune-based film-maker, Sumedh Sarojini, will be screened at the third edition of the International Film Festival Ahmedabad (IFFA). Based on a short story by well-known Marathi writer Bharat Saasane, the film was shot in the city. The festival will be held from October 6-9.

Maanzar will be screened along with national award-winning film-maker Ketan Mehta’s Rang Rasiya and Anurag Kashyap’s That Girl in Yellow Boots.

Sarojini tells DNA that his film’s selection reiterates the fact that regional literature has tremendous potential to be explored in the form of films.

Tell us about your journey from a theatre artiste to a film-maker? 
I work with Netex India Pvt Ltd, an e-learning company, but theatre has always been my passion. I used to act in plays and write scripts in college days. I also won awards at the state level. Later, I got involved in making short films such as Shabdkshitij, Office, Autumn Walk, Violin & Cabbage and Temporary Matter.

My script was short listed at Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Tum Bhi’, a script writing competition for short films. While working on short films, I realised it is a strong medium of experimentation and art. You can
explore a lot through this medium and now it can be taken to people through various media, which was a problem earlier.

Full interview here DNA

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