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The films Afterglow and Allah is Great,made by students from FTII,are poignant tales of human emotions.

Written by Rohan Swamy | Published: October 24, 2012 2:03 am

The films Afterglow and Allah is Great,made by students from FTII,are poignant tales of human emotions

While one film talks about the death and the fake emotions and sympathies that pour in along with it while the other is an interesting set of conversations that an engineer has with a cab driver. While the subjects might be interesting ones to make films on,Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) passouts Kaushal Oza and Andrea Iannetta have both made their diploma films on the same. Titled Afterglow and Allah is Great,the two films have been selected for the Indian Panorama 2012,at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to be held in Goa at the end of November.

Oza’ film,Afterglow,is about the death of a Parsi man,Minocher Mirza,says that the amount of psuedo sympathies that people display at a funeral. “The movie opens on the tenth day after his death. While his wife Meher is still coming to terms with her own personal loss,there is an endless string of visitors coming in to comfort her. The truth is no one is interested. Everyone wants to be happy in their own little lives. The story deals with the hollowness of the society and the manner in which people fake emotions,” he says. In addition Oza worked on the music of the film for almost seven months in collaboration with a German composer from Hannover.

Iannetta,who is originally from Italy is the director of the other film Allah is Great. The film deals with the story of Frank Asmas,a Danish Engineer who has specialised in Aeolian Energy. On his journey back from a remote wind farm to a conference in Nairobi he ends up travelling with Salim a local Muslim taxi-driver. The film details the mishap and inconvenience that occurs when their two different worlds collide. Both the films have also had a string of accolades to their credit.

While Oza’s film has been officially short listed for the London City Film Festival and showcased at the Kerela Film Festival Iannetta’s movie was selected for the Kyoto International Student Film and Video Festival 2012. Oza says that a lot of detailing goes on into the making of the films too. “For instance I was very clear about casting only Parsi actors for the film. I wanted the right emotions and expressions to come through. These are little things but they go on to make a good movie,” he adds.

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