September 11, 2007

One Minute To Fame

Filed under: Movies,opinions,Random — Kaveeta Oberoi Kaul @ 2:27 pm
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For all those cinema buffs feeling neglected and forlorn at the lack of opportunity to showcase their talent here is occasion to rejoice. ‘Passion for Cinema’ has facilitated a festival just for you. Make a one minute film and earn the privilege to work with the best in Bollywood.

No more excuses. Pray to your muse to pay you a visit pronto! Put on your creative cap and let the juices flow! Erstwhile members on the jury and those who have offered internships as prizes include Pavan Kaul, Anurag Kashyap etc..

So stir up your soul and elicit a story that will boggle the judges!

Pssst..DNA it seems loved my title


  1. Kaveeta, u r doing a great job . on a lighter note, i love playing the music rather than facing the music i don’t want my ‘one minute to fame’ ..just kidding , it’s a great opportunity to many young aspirants who want to make it big…..i also heard something like this from subash ghai-anupam kher too.

    Comment by aneesh — September 11, 2007 @ 5:54 pm | Reply

  2. Hi aneesh,

    I am not deserved of this credit. The festival is the brainchild of Oz. Click on the letters in red and follow the link therein.

    Comment by kaveetaakaul — September 11, 2007 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

  3. Ideas dena please..

    Comment by Neha — September 11, 2007 @ 10:15 pm | Reply

  4. Neha

    Since you asked, here is a story idea

    Comment by Shaan Khan — September 11, 2007 @ 11:42 pm | Reply

  5. very funny..ha ha.. as forced as I cld.
    Btw let me return the favour too. why dont you make a film and take out all the ‘khunnas’ u have on A b C and whoever.. atleast maybe you will stop writing about them then.

    Comment by Neha — September 12, 2007 @ 1:50 pm | Reply

  6. Kaveeta, i do visit PFC now and then , but i feel apart from films , they also have a strong passion for F words .

    Comment by Aneesh — September 12, 2007 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

  7. When you have to go through the entire arc within a minute or five minute (generally the ultimate short film), you have to propel the story forward at an accelerated speed. Most of the time I see a post as a short film, I mere verbalize something playing on the screen within my mind onto paper.

    Comment by Shaan Khan — September 12, 2007 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

  8. kaveetaa.. r u not interested in getting into direction , i mean u do have some experience with the small screen.

    Comment by laxmi — September 12, 2007 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

  9. come on if any xyz can direct a film now-a-days, i believe u can do much better.what say?

    Comment by laxmi — September 12, 2007 @ 7:16 pm | Reply

  10. Aneesh..they have a passion for all words beginning with ‘f’..including films…LOL… thats ok.. the majority there have great love for cinema in totality and that is really endearing.Words become only an expression of that passion.Not meant to be abusive or derogatory in any way.

    Hi Laxmi.

    Direction is a job best left to professionals ‘trained’ in the field. It is highly demanding and technical knowledge is a must if one is to make a mark or at least be a director worth his salt. What one witnesses today is a deluge of ‘directors’, from choreographers, to costume designers, to story writers, editors, all have ventured into this arena. Anybody who deems himself even slightly equipped to gather up a cast and crew is taking to direction. No wonder the percentage of flops and barely watchable films. I dont want to delude myself with any such knowledge presently.I have written scripts and acted, as well as looked after production. But that does not translate into being capable of handling the portfolio of ‘Director’. Until and unless I do not spend time on a set with a master I would not wish to consider the option. But yes the inner urge is strongly present I confess. As of now I am only a student.

    Thanks for showing confidence in my abilities. I dont know if I am worthy of it.

    Neha and Shaan.. carry on..its amusing.

    Comment by kaveetaakaul — September 12, 2007 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

  11. Thanks for showing confidence in my abilities. I dont know if I am worthy of it.

    Now Now Kav

    God made sure that we are champions amongst champions when he allowed one singular sperm to triumph over millions of sperms. Our conception reveals that it is divine design that we become winners. Hence unless you try you will never know what a winner you are.

    And for this motivational talk, all I ask is that you name the hero, “Shaan Khan”.

    Comment by Shaan Khan — September 12, 2007 @ 8:36 pm | Reply

  12. Hey my post did not go through

    Comment by Shaan Khan — September 12, 2007 @ 8:37 pm | Reply

  13. Sorry Shaan. Akismet seemed to have filtered it for some reason.Found it.

    Quite glib now.. arent we?

    And Motivating too!

    But what you ‘ask’ is a tall order sir.. just for that I might decide to abandon any decision I might have surrendered to a moment ago.

    Comment by kaveetaakaul — September 12, 2007 @ 9:08 pm | Reply

  14. Yeah , you’re right, but then many script writers too switch to direction.Making short films or documentaries is a good idea to test oneself in film making.Kaveeta, i’m not a feminist but i want to know why women couldn’t make it big (as men )in direction , no i don’t like films made by some women directors who project them as rape victims all the time ,kalpana lazmi kind films is a big no no .

    Comment by Laxmi — September 13, 2007 @ 7:44 am | Reply

  15. I like Aparna sen’s films , she knows her craft well and made some fine films , and the one who made ‘honeymoon travels pvt ltd’ was also good , sorry i don’t remember her name though.

    Comment by Laxmi — September 13, 2007 @ 7:50 am | Reply

  16. There are some who have switched channels from their original profession and made great films. An example is Francois Truffaut. He was a much acclaimed film critic before he went on to making cinema which has been appreciated the world over. there certainly is no harm in switching professions. Key is absolute knowledge of the craft and seriousness in making. One is against a random decision to turn director one fine day just because one feels a hold over writing a story or understanding emotion. Film making is about making films technically and using the tools to the optimum. Its not just about telling a story. If that be the purpose then writing a book is more appropriate.

    As far as women Directors go ..yes there is an extreme paucity. It has little to do with lack of talent or creativity but more to do with logistics of film making. We live in times when making a film is an extrememly expensive undertaking. Financial backing sadly is often linked with stars you can get. stars work with banners or established Directors. so you have to make a hit before you are taken seriously. To make a hit you also need stars… there is the catch 22 situation.

    Aparna sen is someone I look up to greatly. She has made awesome films. lets not forget she worked with Ray and imbibed a lot technically then. Even after great work its not as if she was flooded with offers in the commercial set up. She has had to wade through rough waters. Its almost the same for actors vs actresses. the actor commands a price no heroine can. The success of a film or its price per territory has to do with the male star in the film.

    I am not sure if gender bias is a reason or not. On one level when film making is a craft which requires high level of testosterone, mentally, physically, maybe it can turn into a factor. The fraternity is a tough nut to crack. acceptance of a woman is not as easy as a man in the same parameter. Mira Nair and Deepa Mehta have got it easier in the west. perhaps that is why they ventured there.

    Reema Kagti is the director of Honeymoon travels. She was an asstt to farhan akhtar who went on to produce her film. So she was lucky in a way with the presence of huge cast and a good producer to back her. Most dont get such platforms.

    Compared wiht other fields, women Directors are only a handful. Things will change.. but slowly. The confidence level of the audience as much as finaciers will have to undergo a sea change . unless you are Farha Khan and have an SRK behind you.

    Comment by kaveetaakaul — September 13, 2007 @ 11:54 am | Reply

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