Cutting a Long Story Short

Their film was shot at different locations across Chandigarh and narrates the story of a young boy who has a year to live,and how he chooses to be a do-gooder and live it to the fullest.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: November 24, 2013 5:46:29 am

At the recently held Delhi Short International Film Festival (DSIFF)-2013,which saw participation from 30 countries,Panchkula-based Hallmark School bagged the prize for the Best Short Film with their Hindi film Tryst with Destiny. “We had to make a five-minute film on the theme of ‘Independence’ in 60 hours. The entire scripting,casting,shooting,costume,art direction,music direction,subtitles,editing,rendering mastering of DVD was done in 60 hours,” says Jivtesh Garg,Director,Hallmark Public School.

Their film was shot at different locations across Chandigarh and narrates the story of a young boy who has a year to live,and how he chooses to be a do-gooder and live it to the fullest. “The story starts on August 15,2013,when the lead actor,Divyanshu Malhotra,gets his medical report,and hears Pandit Jawarhar Lal Nehru’s Tryst with Destiny speech on television. The film ends on a positive note on August 15,2014,” adds Garg.

The jury comprised Dr D C Singh,Film Producer and Chief Advisor of Mini Box Office,V S Kannan,Producer- Director of South India (who has cast Rajnikanth & Kamal Haasan),Loveleen Tandon and Savita Raj,producer of Khosla Ka Ghosla. Produced by Garg,the winning film was directed by Kavita Wadhwa (school Principal),written by Abhishek Sharma,while the music was given by Gaurav Anand.

The cast comprised Malhotra and Deepika Bhardwaj. “It’s the climax that is the turning point of the film,for Divyanshu wakes up only to realise that he was dreaming,” says Wadhwa,who also wrote a rhyme called Lullaby. The rhyme was recited by the school’s choir and received the first prize in the Rhyme writing competition at the festival. “The time given for writing an original value based nursery rhyme and then singing the same by school’s choir and sending the video to jury was 24 hours,” says Wadhwa. The lead vocalist in the choir was Gaurav Anand and choir members included Samya Arora,Devesh Saini,Ruhikka Bhatia,Yati Dhiman,Rabhya Grover,Samarth Goel,Pridhi Makin and Vanisha Lamba.

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