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An Independent Film Production Company with the aim of producing imaginative, provocative, artistic and uniquely different cinematic works. We are interested in producing imaginative high quality cinema from India.
An Independent Film Production Company with the aim of producing imaginative, provocative, artistic and uniquely different cinematic works. We are interested in producing imaginative high quality cinema from India.

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Filmmaker Ajita Suchitra Veera talks about the making of the film ‘Ballad of Rustom’ that was in Oscar contention for Best Picture in 2014 and her views on Indian cinema

It is also a philosophical film and unique to Indian cinemas in many ways. It was a conscious decision to create a very stylistically different film. I wanted to have total artistic control over the film which is why I did the entire film on my own
We shot the film on cinemascope and did a special processing on a negative which is called the bleach bypass. This takes away the colours to an extent and gives a kind of a de-saturated look. For me it works because it gives the feel of a painting.

The uniqueness of the film
Firstly, it is a film that is not structured with a beginning, middle and end. The film keeps cutting into Rustom’s dreams and his world — a slightly non-linear narrative which is one of the most important elements of the film. The other reason that makes it different is that it does not express everything through dialogue. There is a lot of space left for the audience to sit and wonder what is happening in the film. This I feel is very important where you are not trying to spoon-feed the audience like a formula film.

Ballad of Rustom . The two-hour full-length Hindi film with her original script and screenplay was in the Oscar ‘contention’ in 2014.As a kid I grew up in a very liberal atmosphere and watched a lot of European cinema. But the director who played a big role in enhancing my cinematic sensibilities was Satyajit Ray

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