New Delhi: The technological advancement happened during last two decades has given impetus to the idea of short film making in India. Unfortunately, the Indian film market is still not favourable for short films unlike western markets where certain studios release short films for commercial purposes. However, the 'not so good' circumstances have failed to curb down the indomitable spirit of Indian short filmmakers.
Ashish Dubey is one such short filmmaker whose film 'Aisa Hota Hai' has been selected for the prestigious Fribourg International Film Festival. The film has five prime characters who meet under mysterious circumstances.
Ashish speaks about his film," The story is set in a jungle where two girls want to have some fun; two thieves come to the same place. A policeman accidently arrives to the same spot. It's a story where everybody is outside the law including the policeman."
Indian short film \'Aisa Hota Hai\' has been selected for the prestigious Fribourg International Film Festival.
"It was big news for me because I had heard about the Fribourg Film Festival. I was not very optimistic about the festival, in fact I reconfirmed with the organisers that is it really my film that has got selected," says Ashish.
It's the zeal of a storyteller that converts an ordinary tale into a celluloid saga. Ashish says," I was born in UP but later shifted to Latur with my father. I got a degree in mechanical engineering but later shifted to Pune where I worked as helping aid to the students of FTII. There I learnt the basics of filmmaking."
Dubey is hopeful about the future," Selection in FIFF will definitely help me and probably this will help me in getting corporate backing for my feature film."
When asked about the future of short filmmaking in India, Dubey says," We don't have any short film market. They have such markets in Europe and their TV channels also promote short films. Unfortunately, we don't have any such opportunities in India."
Ritesh Batra is the only other Indian short filmmaker whose film is selected for FIFF. His film 'Cafe Regular, Cairo' has been selected for several other film festivals too. Batra says," The film is entirely shot in Cairo, Egypt, and is about a couple facing first big test of their lives."
Batra was fortunate enough to get a local producer in Cairo but other enthusiastic filmmakers are facing a tough time in organising finances for their films, but if they keep on making good films with same energy then sooner or later India will also develop a market for short films.
Do you think short filmmaking will gain prominence in India in next five years?