Credit: Director of Photography
A call from Who wants to be a Millionaire changes the ordinary life of a small farmer hailing from a village in Maharashtra. Its the story of Vishnu , his family, his village and their journey towards realizing the actual meaning of winning. Khara Karodpati is about a man who did not reach the hot-seat. The village gathers to welcome home their returning hero to find a dejected man who cannot look anyone in the face. Vishnu did not lose, like the other 9 out of ten people, he never even got to play. Depressed and ashamed, he shuffles around the village now, back to his life again, embarrassed and confused at seeing posters of Deewar or Saudagar. His friends and fellow villagers, wanting to shake him out of his funk, come up with a plan.
The film was made as part of an exercise while I was a student at FTII - under budget and time constraints (filmed under 40 hours, which when you see the film is kind of incredible). And the roots of these constraints show at times, but also add a simplicity and directness to the emotions at the center of the film. Within the first five minutes, even before Vishnu returns to the village, you have a very clear idea of the eco-system the film is set in, the people (actual actors cleverly inserted among actual villagers) who live here and their connection to Vishnu. The entire film is a case-study of economical and efficient short-filmaking. Throughout there is a control and confidence at work here that carries the film to its heart warming and touching end.
Jury Selections and Screenings:
* Mumbai International Film Festival, 2012
* Bollywood and Beyond, Germany 2012
* Nepal Cine Symposium, 2012
* Indian Film Festival, Houston, USA, 2012
* 34th Clermont- Ferrand international short film festival, France, 2012
* Best Student Short Fiction, Indian Documentary Producer's Association (IDPA) Excellence Gold Award, 2011
* Best Film by Audience Choice, MSFF, 2011