Reel Dream Project: Acclaimed Punjabi director to call the shots for FTII diploma film

Singh agreed to do the project on students’ request: Dean

Written by Atikh Rashid | Pune | Published:December 6, 2016 3:29 am
ftii759 Gurvinder Singh is best known for his Punjabi language films Anhe Ghore Da Daan and Chauthi Koot. Express Photo

ACCLAIMED FILM director Gurvinder Singh whose latest offering Chauthi Koot had gathered rave reviews across the globe, is working on his first non-Punjabi feature film. The hour-long Hindi film will be the final-year project for the students of Diploma in Acting Course at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) which the acclaimed director will direct.

The filming for the project has begun and one of their two schedules were finished last month. The unit shot at the institute campus in Pune for a few days and visited Konkan for about a week.

On roping in such an accomplished director for a students project, Dean (Films) Amit Tyagi said Singh readily agreed to do the project on students’ request, although the remuneration he will be getting is “peanuts.”

“For us, he’s like any other ex-student. Some months ago, when he was visiting the campus to conduct a workshop, he had developed a chemistry with the students pursuing acting diploma who requested him to direct their diploma film. Generally, we have half-an-hour-long diploma for one group of six students. The duration of two diploma films have been merged to give the project a feature length,” said Tyagi.

“I’m happy for the students as the film will be a great experience for them,” he said.

Agreeing with their dean, students said they are thrilled with the opportunity of working with a director who has carved a niche for himself.

“He’s someone we admire. It’s a great opportunity to even talk to him or share ideas. And now that he’s directing our diploma project, all of us are greatly excited and will be giving it our best,” said Dewas Dixit, a second-year (acting) student who is part of the project.

Singh, who had returned from his Europe tour on Monday, said shooting for the second schedule will commence next week.

“It’s a Hindi film. As per the institute’s rule, the film has to be shot within a given distance from the institute. You can’t take the unit to other states. So there’s no question of shooting in Punjab or making the film in Punjabi,” said Singh who graduated from FTII in 2001.

Cinematographer Sunayana Singh, who is also Gurvinder Singh’s wife, is shooting the project.

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