08 April, 2015

#SpecialFeature :: Why Short Films? by Ganga Bharani

*** Special Feature - April 2015 ***

Why short films is one question my family members often ask me. I don’t earn a rupee from it nor am I trying to get professional film after film. Then why? Because I always wanted to become a part of Cinema. Being a TamBram girl cinema was out of question for me. There were times when I used to just watch interviews of cinema people and understand their world hoping to be a part of it one day. As I grew I understood practicality. Risen up by well educated, ambitious parents in an environment which doesn’t include a free seat for cinema as a career and the need to excel in academics in order to settle down later in life, I put my cinema dreams in the back seat.  But I didn’t want to search for excuses. IF you want to do something, really want to do something, you will find a way to do it; you should find a way to do it. This thought kept lingering in the walls of my mind. How can I reach cinema or at least walk towards it sitting at home? Books, stories.

This is why I started writing stories and now books. When I started I should have probably been the worst writer the world had ever known. I did not know the language so well. It was in 2010 that I started making mistakes in the form of stories. People over-saw the mistakes, they helped me learn by messaging me the errors that had to be corrected. This is how I learnt to write a far-from-worse stories. Slowly, I also reached the stands of stores in the form of my debut novel. I should say I was and am still doubtful if I am in the right track of writing. But that’s how life is; the doubts we have drive us to something and that something, I hope, will be cinema for me. My book is one way of making lowest budget cinema for me. All it takes as investment is my time and imagination.

Now to answer that question of why short films I would say it’s for my interest to see objects move according to my imagination on screen. Also anything said in the form of video is very effective these days. So, I decided to create videos based on various social issues. I should thank my school mate and a very good friend Satish Manikantan for all the stop motions I have created. He is my all time camera man and editor. There isn’t much that I have done without him working in the project. I take this an opportunity to thank him. Also, I need to thank my first short film team ISPH, which includes Satish, Subramanian, Usha, Saravanan and Abhimanyu; without these friends short films would have still remained in my to-do list.

Here are some of our videos.
This short film won the best film award in WE CARE International Film fest.

Tiny Steps

This short film is about the education institution in India:

Slum'MAN' Millionaire'ENGINEER'

This was made for my office cultural event with my colleagues. This is about the real terrorists of the nation.

For a better tomorrow

Child labor vs Education

About the Author:

I am Ganga Bharani, a technical analyst by profession and a writer by passion. I started writing stories as a hobby in 2010 and to reach a wider audience I started posting those short stories in my blog (GB LAND). Comments from strangers, new readers and the increasing page hits made me an addict to my blog. I had taken my blog seriously from then. I started writing something I call Blog books- series of chapters that make a story in my blog, for which I got an overwhelming response. I had written 6 blog books and each of these blog books have more than 300 dedicated readers. One of my short stories was made into a short film, titled ‘Bhimbam’, which was screened at the AVM Preview theatre.

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About the Book:
 Pitch dark. Extreme Silence. Felt like vacuum. I opened my eyes and found nothing familiar. Where am I? First of all, who am I? Ashruth says I was head over heels in love with him. He says our wedding was fixed. But there is no trace of love for him in me. I don t remember anything. Why would I have loved this pumpkin? San was drunk but I got intoxicated. I had fallen for him gradually. I can t imagine marrying anyone else. But how do I stop my wedding now? Don t say I am dead. I am all alive, standing right in front of you. I am not dead. Trust me. And the secret comes to light. Just you, me and a secret -A battle between past, present and the nothing called future.

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