Thursday, January 10, 2008

And the best film award goes to "Time Out" by Deepak Rajgor

Wooooooooooooooooo Hoooooooooooooo! and that's it! 

Thanks to all of you our prayers have been answered! 

Today at screen 5 at Prasads IMAX, it was nice to get best film award in presence of my mother. 

I dedicated this film to my mother and considering the love of her, this award makes the moment special. I was with my family and my niece Komal with some friends. I share this award with all of you who have been part of my film "Time Out". Hugs to you all. 

Best film means whole process of best story, direction, screenplay, production, camera work, editing, back ground music, music, editing pattern, post production and yes promotion. and I share this with Shantilal Naker, Sheetal Naker, Komal Rajgor, Sumitra Pampana, Satyam Babu and all all alllll and thanks to press.. Shri Suresh from Indian express, Ms.Sangeetha from the Hindu and Shri Suresh from the same daily. 

Also to Telugu news papers alike. Fiction film is like a beautiful novel but short film is like telegram. One has to be clear with short fiction to tell it all and get response. By getting this new year gift, I obviously feel happy but also very very responsible person.

 It comes from jury. Thanks to them and thanks to god. I also been a producer to this film and hence had no fears and was free to follow my convinctions. I avoided the melodrama (which otherwise is present in Indian films) and had an vauge idea that the director sneaks to a home and shoots real subtle emotions of family members. I also kept it simple which I feel is rare in short films. I thank Shri Prakash Reddy, Festival director of Hyderabad International Film Festival, the Andhra Pradesh Directors Association, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Prasads Imax and everyone who was part of this wonderful experience. 

Special mention to all foriegn delegates. I will update this section later.

Suddenly after getting the award, I don't feel much. God knows why? All hard work paid off. When someone wants something genuinely I am told (pardon the cliche) the whole universe conspires and yes, last year at HIFF I was seated in audience and when Tanikella Bharani got the award I promised myself that next year I will get one. Now at the stage when I went to collect the award, I said this and also told that this time I am sure many film makers dream of making film and winning award hence please come up next year. 

I also tell myself that it takes talent to go up but it takes discipline to be there. I also tell that a successful person is one who dares to dream and gets it and then repeats it. Today I miss my father. But he is there. I am overcome with emotions and wont type more. Will edit this later. Thanks for your prayers Amen.

Time Out - The judgement day, awards evening !

My dear friends, Thank you! Thank you because you to many emails that you've sent for your new year resolutions to spend time with your kids and family members. I did not sleep last night, I went on my bike round the city talking to myself...oh god! the international festival is ending and its awards night...out of 180 films, coming from various creative people, will go through litmus test...I made "Time Out" film and my inner voice says it stands a chance, no its not like I want an award, but to spread the good word one needs a film maker and just in my debut short fiction film, I made it to international festival committee because many films were rejected. I have gone to temples, in fact some of you who are close to me have churches, temples, mosques and even as far as Sabrimalaya...oh god I am indebted to you all. Sawsan from Isreal, you have been in my prayers and thank you for praying in your part of the world, Naren my friend I know you are more excited then me...I also know you been praying...I also know your team members Girish Swami, Farah praying, so is Asther Lee to sister Sheetal Naker, Shantilal Naker, Dhaval, Dhvani, people in as far as Gujarat, Mother and entire family members and all those Airport gang freinds...gosh...I am indebted to you all Now this thing is weighing down so much that I tell god, O god I have made genuine efforts...its best left to you, but again I tell lord Shiva and Lord Krishna, in this world people are missing love and specially kids, make those international jury members from different country understand the importance of this film "Time Out" "Time Out" in film making sense is undertone of genuine emotions. I as a serious student of true cinema took two months to write shooting script...Wanted to have a feeling of isolation, took break from life, went to my solitary confinement...Wanted to have this feeling of isolation in characters, like a director goes into a middle class family and shoots emotions that are subtle and not melodramatic (some Indian film makers show overt emotions which in my debut film I don't want to do) I don't want to show melodrama...hope my talent is recognized by international jury members because Indian jury members will they understand? "Time Out" also seen death of my friend Mohan, who was camera attendant...this was his last film. He died after shooting this film. Mohan, I miss you because you always smiled, gosh why did you go man? My respects to my DOP Shri Satyam Babu garu, who gave me his talents in camera work and understood the true meaning of shooting this film at a time when he lost his father. My obdiences to Smt.Sumitra Pampana garu, the actor who came in the shoot at last minute...Sumirta you are wonderful actor and you have been in my first film documentary, my first ad-film and then my first directorial debut...I know when we were shooting, your mobile phone buzzed and your best friend expired...gosh this film has seen many wrong things...My niece Komal who never faced camera before , both of us cried how hard it is to act in front of camera and we mad(e) it...I got conductivities on day of shoot , power went off and still we shot for the can i forget the tears and pains of film making? Today I stand numb...little bit of hope, little bit of curiosity but I know the show must go making fiction is huge creative challenge...for a long film, its like a novel but for a short film its like telegram, one has to be clear what they shoot. I have maintained good camera language, good actors, good DOP and Prashanth a good music is up to god... film making is my first love, I wont forget this film and if I win an award it would be first kiss..ha I tell myself...relax dude...if you get it..good if not god has better plans but no way dude your film is inferior to anyone because you have done your work with self belief...Amen

Monday, January 7, 2008

Time out makes waves at hyderabad international film festival

Our film "Time Out" is making waves at HIFF 2008 edition!
just sneek onto net and below given is link to some of press coverage
Extremly thankful to Suresh Kavirayani from Indian Express news paper for spreading a good word about this children film thats being watched by adults
That is the link for complete coverage at Indian express
and genuine thanks to Suresh Krishnamoorthy and Ms. Sangeetha Devi Dundoo from The Hindu for being so generious enough to give print space to my film. The link to the article is
I am still in festival and would update this later...
Genuine thanks to both national dailies "The Indian Express" and "The Hindu" must say we read this paper for years and my family members thank them from the bottom of their hearts.
Thanks to all delegates who personally came and told me that they will spend time with children.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

When I look up...

Three birds were here awhile...
when I look up again in the sky,
2008 beckons with a smile and imagination fly
will give promises a try, to end yet another year on a high