Lights… camera… and lots of action. Delhi’s growing tribe of young film-makers are ‘calling the shots,’ scripting their success stories behind the camera. From fiction to documentaries, these directors are adding a new dimension to the medium with their fresh approaches, experimentation and alternate ways of ‘looking at the realities around’.
For many of these amateur as well professional passionate practitioners of the craft, it entails zooming in on a lot of social, economic, political, cultural and environmental issues. Traversing a journey from real to the reel while their documentaries bring to the fore ‘issues that matter,’ fiction enables them to explore their creative potential. The latter gives them an opportunity to bring their distinct ‘cinematic sensibility’ on the screen and redefine the art of storytelling.
Shilpika, 25, is a PG in Journalism and Mass Communication from Meerut University. She has been making serials, fashion and corporate films for the last six months. The journalist-turned-filmmaker feels that the nature of television programming is such that one doesn’t get to explore one’s creativity, which ultimately impinges on the quality. “In the constant clamour for breaking news, creativity and quality go for a toss. Film-making is an art and doesn’t just entail playing with the camera. The medium demands hard work and visualisation,” holds Shilpika.
Thirty-two-year-old Neela Venkatraman has made a series of films on Kashmir. “While the core thread is peace in Kashmir, the other five films in the series individually deal with its different aspects like Kashmiriyat.
The Delhi-based film-maker, a PG from Mumbai’s Xavier Institute of Communications, explains that making a documentary and short film is a different ballgame altogether as one has to tread the ‘middle path’.
Cut to the reasons for the increase in the youth brigade taking up film-making. “There are certain factors which have led to this. While money is certainly the reason, a quest for an exposure to one’s mental level and creative satisfaction are some other important aspects,” argues Shilpika.
According to the young film-maker, we are on the verge of a changing generation which thinks differently. “The GenNext has a different perception towards issues like the generation gaps, gay relationship, extra-marital affairs, live-in, et all. Through films, they want to strike a balance between the two generations, exploring the positive sides of these social issues,” adds Shilpika. She holds that while fiction enables them to talk about serious issues with certain creative liberties, documentaries are a result of the inspiration we draw from the world to create something with the realities around.
Talk of tech as a tool and many agree that the breakthroughs in technology have made it all possible for amateur film-makers to make their mark. The digital revolution has certainly helped trigger the interest in the medium, opening a channel of choices for those keen to enter the world of light, camera and action.
“Now, one can make a film even with a cellphone. While there can be denying the role of technology, there are many who think that it is just an additional tool. “If you have it in you, you have it in you. And the art is bound to surface sooner or later,” holds Shilpika.