LIFE

The big first step

IT WOULD be like a homecoming for Sabu James when the Cochin Film Society screens his debut directorial venture at the Savitha Theatre in Kochi on Sunday. He was a former member of the Society and "still interested in being part of its activities," as he put it.

His first film, `Ente Kochu Kauthukam' (I am curious), won the Film Critic's award for best children's film this year. Though not marked for commercial release, he has plans to show it around through film societies and festivals. So it is natural that the premiere of the film happens at the Cochin Film Society.

The Society, as editor of its newsletter `Sequences' notes, has always supported new directors and their works. It has another stake in this film; one of the lead female actors in the film is a product of the acting camp conducted by the Society. Incidentally, Chandra Mohan, who led this camp, is also playing an important character in this film.

"The film was triggered by the news of children of expatriates returning home unaccompanied from war-affected West Asian countries," said Mr. James.

Shot in just about 10 days and completed over 10 months on a shoe-string budget, the film brings in Mr. James experience as a cinematographer. He learnt the art from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, and worked as assistant to Sunny Joseph in the film `Train to Pakistan'. He has also cranked the camera for a couple of ad-films and documentaries. The Society has also organised a post-film interaction with Mr. James, who has also done the script and lyrics for the film.

By Anand Haridas

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