Cut in Stone

FTII student Vikrant Pawar’s National Award-winning film Kaatal is a moving tale of two lovers and the last meeting between them

Written by Rohan Swamy | Published: April 23, 2013 2:59:24 am

FTII student Vikrant Pawar’s National Award-winning film Kaatal is a moving tale of two lovers and the last meeting between them

When Vikrant Pawar,a student of direction at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII),was making his final-year diploma project last year he was faced with a dilemma of sorts. One that involved translating the simple emotions of two lovers separating on screen. What eventually transpired was the short film Kaatal (Black Rock). Through the film,Pawar not only managed to portray the feelings right,but also won the awards for Best Short Fiction,Best Direction and Best Cinematography,in Non-feature films category at the 60th National Awards this year.

Pawar,who is also closely associated with Umesh Kulkarni’s short film club Arbhaat feels that the genre is slowly beginning to get its due. “Even in the case of Kaatal,one of my main aims was to screen the movie. I went to some of the most remote locations in the state to show the film and there were many issues. Projectors did not work and sound did not sync but the point was that people saw the film. They appreciated it. For filmmakers like me who are starting out,that is the most important part. That is what we all want,” he says.

Kaatal is the story of the last meeting of young lovers Sampada and Aakash. “What would be the emotions of two lovers at their last meeting? This was a thought that was going on through my mind. I could have made it grand or elaborate but simplicity was the criteria. There are a lot of silent moments,looking into each other’s eyes and slow background scores in the film,” says Pawar,adding,“The moments that the two have shared over the years all come together in a heady collage.”

Kaatal has also gone to the 5th International Short and Documentary Film Festival of Kerala 2012 and the 20th Rio De Janerio International Short Film Festival- Curta Cinema 2012 Brazil.

Short films,he says,have tremendous potential of entertaining the masses. “There is more scope for experimentation. The only hassle is getting them to audience. It is more challenging to take them to the rural masses and explain the films. They are all slowly being addressed,though. A lot of independent filmmakers are trying their best to promote short films through film clubs and by showing them individually. Hopefully,things will be different in the coming years,” he says.

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