Directors Deepti Sivan and Prabal Chakraborty addressed a gathering at a conference on non feature films. They were both excited that their films were chosen for IFFI 2018. “Seeing my own film at IFFI is very special,” said Chakraborty.
The film ‘Decoding Shankar’ has been directed by Deepti Sivan. It is a biography of Indian singer Shankar Mahadevan’s journey with music and other aspects of his life. While talking about her film Sivan said: “This film is an inspiration for the young generation. It is not about education but about being passionate about what you do. Following your heart, talent and passion will help you achieve what you want.” Another reason for directing this film was to showcase Mahadevan’s personality as he has a pan-India presence and sings in many languages and genres.
Prabal Chakraborty’s ‘Sampurak’ is a film about women who step out of their homes and work. However the point in question is whether they receive the same treatment and privileges as men once they return home from work. It is also about how women are expected to balance housework and office life. Chakraborty felt that his film will be relatable to those outside India as well because even in places like the United States it isn’t easy for women. He stated: “Directing gives a bigger high, especially when you see what you have written on screen.”
Chakraborty pointed out that making a feature film is not easy for independent filmmakers and that is why he made a non-feature film. Expressing her opinion Sivan said: “The saddest part is we all had a feature film dream but we weren’t able to execute it. Non feature films are like a platform to show that we have the talent.”
However, Chakraborty also feels that though feature films reach a wider audience, short films are also being viewed by many people.