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Film maker defying typical style of storytelling

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Ajitha Suchithra Veera director of Ballod of Rustom at the Kairali theatre in Thiruvananthapuram in connection with the 17th International Film Festival of Kerala. —Photo: S. Gopakumar
Ajitha Suchithra Veera director of Ballod of Rustom at the Kairali theatre in Thiruvananthapuram in connection with the 17th International Film Festival of Kerala. —Photo: S. Gopakumar

For her movie Ballad of Rustom , Ajita Suchitra Veera had donned many roles.

She had written, directed and produced the film, was its art director and played a role in its music, sound design and editing.

“I am ready to go to any extent to make a film that I can take to the audience,” said Ms. Veera, whose short feature Notes On Her was nominated for the Oscars in the short feature Category in 2003.

Ballad of Rustom, shot in 35-mm cinemascope with live sound, is a complex play on the imaginations, dreams and emotions such as love, hope and despair among a few people in a small Indian township.

Award

The movie, which she claims is an original poetic feature film portraying the conflicting philosophies of these people, had a world premiere at the Osian Cinefan International Film Festival 2012, at New Delhi, and she had won the best director award.

Ms. Veera believes that there is a need to push original ideas in the storytelling tradition to develop a vibrant film culture in the country. Hence, she says her movie does not follow the typical Indian style of storytelling and does not follow a pattern where everything is told to the audience.

‘Develop awareness’

“If everything is predictable, then there will be no learning experience. The country needs to give a serious approach to develop serious film awareness in the people, especially among the younger generation,” Ms. Veera, alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, says.

A film lover who would offer her heart to take a commercial film, she says that original ideas should be promoted in the world of film-making.

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