New Delhi, Nov 15 (UNI) A special feature of the Indian Panorama in this year's International Film Festival of India(IFFI) is that the debut film of a director, Krishnan Sheshadri Gotamam, has been included in it.
IFFI, one of the world's most prestigious cinema events, will be held in Goa from November 22 to December two.
The debut film 'Mudhal, Mudhal, Mudha Varai'(First Time) is in Tamil and it is about the journey through life of a director striving to make his first film.
Gotamam says that ''the movie is about the making of this movie - a cinematic metaphor for the ancient Hindu belief that Life and Death is a continuum.'' The film's protagonist Hayagreeva aka Huggy is passionate about filmmaking, and is forever recording people on his digital camera.
The hero travels relentlessly through life's challenges, to find the right producer, to make his first film.
But time is ticking as his girl friend Sindhu suffers from a terminal illness. He wants to marry her, but she'll marry him only after he has made his first film. While he's searching desperately for a producer, he makes a living as an ad filmmaker. During his career, Huggy encounters a plethora of characters who reach out to him. As is his passion, he records their first time experiences - only to realise that the unforgettable moments from their lives have become his first feature film! The film puts together a series of sensuous moments through Huggy's eyes. We discover a variety of experiences - his, his girlfriend's, others'.
The film captures an India that simultaneously lives in different time zones, cultures, age groups, values, attitudes... At another level it explores Life from Birth to Death.
The film and the filmmaker mirror each other, making the narration self-reflective. It is essentially a spiritual inquiry into the raison d'etre of life and death.
Krishnan worked as an associate of renowned director Mani Ratnam and P C Sreeram. He now works with Santosh Sivan in making ads, commercials and music videos under their banner, Two's Company.
His creations include the international award winning Kerala Tourism Films and Channel V's award winning music video, Ho gayi hai mohabbat.
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