Abhaya Simha

Abhaya Simha

The Tale of Two Tables

Renowned film-maker Akira Kurosawa had once visited my alma mater FTII (a long time before I joined of course). The direction department of the institute was on cloud nine as they escorted Mr Kurosawa to give him a tour of the institute. But they were left bewildered and a tad

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Abhaya Simha

The Power of Montages

Montage is a way of conveying the essence of an emotion through a footage comprising of many shots. It can also be used to introduce the setting of a story through a series of shots. It is one of the go-to tools for screen-writers, when they have to stuff-in a

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A Whole New World of Sounds

We had the fortune of spending a week’s time with Walter Murch, an American Editor & Sound Designer. He is a two-time Oscar winner, having worked on projects like The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, The English Patient etc. He was at our film school to teach us. He was accompanied by

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Lage Raho!

Rajkumar Hirani was writing for his next project. The story went something like this “A freedom fighter slips into coma because of a head injury during the struggle, and continues to stay in coma for years together. Many years after the Nation has attained freedom, he wakes up only to

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All Show, No Go

Having read a Ram Gopal Varma story on the F.U.C’s newsfeed, written by my friend Giriraj, I also felt inclined to share a memory of mine with him. During my FTII days, Mr Varma had screened his then new film, Shiva (2006) at the institute. It was an okay film

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Cinema & Time

Mankind has always had not just the curiosity but also the penchant to understand the entity called time. The effect of time on mankind at a physical and mental level has continued to intrigue him. The memories of the past, the expectations and fear of the future have always made

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The Reel & The Real

A very common notion that a lot of people have is that, while Movies are pure imagination far from reality, Documentaries represent the reality. But then, anything that is shot on a camera, will have a perspective and perspectives are true, only for a group of people who can relate

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The Story of a Tree

A mango tree adorns the main avenue of my film school, F.T.I.I. It has a history which goes back many decades. Legends like Hritvik Ghatak, Mani Kaul had once sat in its shade. Kurosawa had walked around the same tree. Under the shade of this very tree Sanjay Leela Bhansali

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Cinema – The Mirror to its Times

In view of the ongoing protests against colour discrimination in the United States of America a lot of content has been pulled down across online streaming platforms. The reason being that, in the said content the people of colour have not been represented in line with today’s day and age.

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Tripura Diaries

The reports of the gas-leak and the havoc that it wrecked on the people of Assam made me travel back in time to those days when I had lived in that part of the country. It was 2004, and I was stationed in Tripura to shoot a series for the

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