Film lovers of town are in for a treat as the Hyderabad Film Club, in association with the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, is holding the Lensight Film Festival (Diploma Films) on 14th and 15th April, at the Prasad Labs Preview Theatre. 16 short films shot by the students of the 2004-05 batch will be screened.
Today, the second and last day, Kshya Tra Ghyan (X Y Z) will be the 5th film to be screened. This Hindi short film is scripted and directed by Amit Dutta, and shows a boy who tells a story which he is inventing while narrating; his journey from his home to the school and the book. The is also an old man at the same time.
The film is structured as a riddle, and the answer to a riddle is another riddle or a story. The boy who is also a young man, the archetypal lover, tells a story which he has invented as an old woman.
But the problem is with the narration. The boy followed the book and stole the eyes of an owl; the owl takes revenge and steals his voice. The boy can't speak but he has to tell a story, and when he opens his mouth to speak, it is his mother's voice!
He loses faith in the book. The book gets angry and starts calling back the stories it has already told. The boy confuses his own personal memory with the artificial memory which he has acquired from the book, and in answer to the riddle asked in the classroom, he tells the story from his previous birth.
The film is in two parts. The first part deals with the ritual of a boy going to school, and the second part deals with the storybook. The boy redefines memory to escape death. The first part of the film refers to the second, and the second to the first.
To tell this tale, in-camera special effects which refer to the birth of story-telling traditions in India were used. Mythological references have been used as puns, and some of the riddles have been taken from Somdev's book Kathasaritsagar, and from stories from Milord Pavic's Dictionary Of The Khazars.
Lensight is the name of the journal published by FTII. The festival has been held in Delhi and Mumbai before this. A diploma film is a final year project that brings together students of all the disciplines and calls upon them to put their best foot forward in terms of demonstrating the learning they have acquired.
Diploma films celebrate the spirit of cinema. These films, many of which have been acclaimed as being amongst the finest works in the medium, reflect the composite learning acquired by the students at the institute, as also their professional potential. These films, in a way, are points of departure for discourse amongst the next generation of film professionals.
FTTI is based in Pune and boasts of some renowned personalities of cine world as its alumni, like Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Subhash Ghai, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Saeed Mirza, Vinod Chopra, Kundan Shan, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Anil Mehta and David Dhawan amongst others. From our state, in addition to Devadas Kanakala, Suresh Oberoi and Talluri Rameshwari, there are G Krishna Rao who has edited a number of films directed by K Vishwanath, and K Ramachandra Rao who has been the professor of editing at the FTII since 1960.
The DVDs of these films are available at the venue for sale on the 15th of April. The entry for all the films is free. For further details, please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841/93910-20243.