Calling the shots

Calling the shots

Budding filmmakers

Calling the shots
There’s no end to creativity in the world of cinema. It is the urge to explore the wide canvas that is drawing  young Bengalureans to filmmaking. 

Young filmmakers say that they find stories in the city’s changing landscape and its cosmopolitan nature. Twenty-two -year-old Charan Kumar says that photography and images fascinated him from a very young age and he knew he wanted to become a filmmaker after he watched ‘Pyaasa’ by Guru Dutt.  “I was impressed with the work of V K Murthy in ‘Pyaasa’ and decided that I wanted to become a cinematographer. I like to give a commercial twist to offbeat subjects,” he explains. While his work and interest lie in cinematography, Charan wishes to venture into direction someday. “Lighting is directly related to emotions. One cannot do justice to lighting unless a cinematographer understands every aspect of filmmaking,” he adds. 

Women find it more challenging to make a mark in the world of filmmaking but it is the sheer passion for the craft that keeps them glued to their profession. Sushma Bhushan, who works as an assistant director, studied engineering but chose filmmaking. “An IT job is monotonous and I wanted to do something creative and different. This is where filmmaking fits in. I get an opportunity to learn something new everyday,” says Sushma. 

She says that she was always charmed by the drama and emotions in cinema. However, as a woman, Sushma sometimes finds it hard to stand her ground but believes that skill comes before all else. “Not all men in the filmmaking line like to listen to women or take orders from them, but if your work is good, then that makes all the difference,” she adds.  

 Filmmakers like Vishwajith Rao feel what determines the success of a newcomer is his or her ability to adapt rather quickly to the demands of the film industry. “You have to be able to understand the demands and challenges involved in this profession and go with the flow. Rigidity to change could backfire,” he says. 

Vishwajith, who has trained to be a cinematographer, feels a filmmaker should be well-versed with every aspect of cinema. “You can deliver a good product, only if you know what goes into making a complete film, which includes the music compositions and costumes as well,” he adds. 

Samragni Rajan made her first short film when she was 16 years old. Today, the young lady assists several prominent directors in the Kannada film industry. “It was a yearning to get out of my comfort zone and explore human emotions that prompted me to become a filmmaker. I’ve been lucky to train under some of the best minds in the film industry,” she says.  Samragni recalls that the highlight of her student days was getting veteran actor and director Charuhasan to act in one of the short films. “This was a big boost for me and I realised that determination and commitment to the art can go a long way in helping me realise my dream of becoming a filmmaker. I haven’t looked back since,” she says.