Film making has been making considerable progress in Nagpur over the past decade or so. Though it is only recently that this culture has gathered steam in Nagpur and Vidarbha, many committed film makers dabbling in this medium are coming up with some really good content.
A recent example of this being of the Nagpur based film makers making it big by winning 2 awards at the India Film Project, which is considered to be Asia’s biggest film making challenge.
Create-e-Witty Media Notions from Nagpur won back to back awards at the India Film Project Season 7 at Nehru Centre, Mumbai. Their short films, ‘Footsteps’ and ‘Faulen’ bagged the best film awards in two categories at this prestigious film festival.
Considered to be Asia’s content creation and short film festival, India Film Project, this year, had more than 28200 film makers make 1503 films in 50 hours.
Create-e-Witty Media Notions’ short film ‘Footsteps’ won the Platinum Film Award for best film in the mobile film category. ‘Faulen’, their other film, won the Gold Film Award for best film in the professional film category. Both the award winning films were directed by city’s well known director Aditya Sharma.
Talking about his short films, Sharma says, “Footprints is a film about four lives that the viewers discover through the movement of the characters’ feet. Faulen, on the other hand was made on a theme that was given to us - 'everything is connected', and we have tried to show this connection through the story of two magicians, a grandfather and his granddaughter. Faulen, is their quest.”
The team had won the gold film award in the amateur film category last year.
The rising popularity of sensible films has motivated many youngsters to come out and create good content, even on sensitive issues. Nagpur too, hasn’t been left out of this positive evolution in the field of film making. Film makers like Piyush Pande and Aditya Sharma are carving a niche for themselves in this dynamic field.
"There are many technicians and creative persons from Nagpur who are working in Mumbai film industry and this exposure to cinema comes from there," said film maker Piyush Pande in an interview with TOI.
When asked about his opinions on the changing film making scenario in Nagpur, Sharma says, “A lot of youngsters today think that they can be film makers. While the attraction towards the glitz and glamour of the industry is understandable, what many youngsters don’t realize is the pain and hardships that a film maker has to undergo in order to create a good film. But this doesn’t mean Nagpur, which has a lot of talent, if guided in the right direction, can't make it big. I believe all it takes to survive this struggle is faith and passion.”
Talking about the digital boom that has promoted many youngsters to take up film making, film maker Abhishek Wadodkar says, “I think with cameras and equipment getting cheaper it is really possible for small producers/ independent directors to self-fund and make their own films. Feature films are being shot mobile phones, and they make the cut in prestigious festivals. Places with existing facilities and film cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore are getting overcrowded, hence I feel tier II cities will play a significant role in film making in near future.”
“Talking about Nagpur, I feel significant things are already happening. We have producers and directors based in Nagpur. Various post-production studios are also coming up. Although it won't be possible to set-up an entire film city as it requires huge investment, the film makers in Nagpur, with the help of film schools there, can really work towards creating an environment conducive for indie films which is going to be a huge market in near future. I feel many tier II citiess are capable of doing the same and the one which does it first and effectively will win the race and be the hub for Indie films in India,” adds the Nagpur based film maker, whose short-film script recently made it to the top 11 of the 395 script entries for a competition jointly organized by IFP and Terribly Tiny Talkies.
Here are the links to the award-winning films:
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