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L to R: Ananda Jyothi, Isabella Pinaki and Joao Paulo Mendonca

‘Uma – Light of Himalaya’ is a visual pilgrimage: Ananda Jyothi

Day six of the ongoing 50th edition of IFFI saw an Indo-Brazilian audiovisual co-production ‘Uma – Light of Himalaya’ become the subject of discussion. Leading the discussion was director of the film, Ananda Jyothi along with music composer Joao Paulo Mendonca and actress Isabella Pinaki.

The film tells a story about the spiritual search of Brazilian young seekers, discovering the light and tranquillity through the depth of Indian wisdom. Speaking about the film, Jyothi said: “My movie doesn’t have a fixed structure like beginning, middle or end. It is a visual pilgrimage. River Ganga is the heroine of the movie and I see it in a cultural perspective. Ganga is the only river which is revered this way in the whole world,” he added.

Jyothi further said that though India is an ancient country and Brazil a comparatively new one, both countries have a lot to share. “Brazilians welcome Indian culture. Indian films are also very well received during film festivals in Brazil,” he said.

The director who has been organising Indian film festivals in Brazil since 2012, said that he is open to the idea of organising a Brazilian film festivals in India and will give all support to anyone who comes forward with this. “The best thing about films in Brazil is that they don’t have a censor board. I think that is the best. That’s the worry all filmmakers have here. We need to loosen up a bit,” he added.

While sharing his experience, Joao said: “This is my first time in India and the people I met are lovely. It is certainly going to change the way I create music. In this film I concentrated on the poetics – Ganga has an amazing effect. I tried to play Indian instruments but it would take a lifetime for me to learn.”

Underlining her special love for India, Pinaki said: “It was a very personal experience for me spiritually. I am surprised not only with Goa but by the size of the festival too. It is amazing. People come to India seeking happiness. I have visited India a few times. I have a special love for Kerala but now Goa too is included in the list.” She added that the acceptance of Indian culture is a lot in Brazil because of yoga and spirituality.

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