Out of the five competitive festivals, Tamaash has taken part in since last year, the 32-minute film has won at four of them. Their latest was bagging the Golden Conch Award in the Best Short Fiction Film category at the 13th Mumbai International Film Festival.
The film follows Anzar who is constantly belittled by his elders because of his poor performance in school. He is forced to compete with an overachiever in his class and that’s where the film takes a fantastical twist. “My brother, Devanshu, wrote the script after our line producer and friend told us that he would help us shoot a film in Kashmir,” says Satyanshu Singh, the director.
Tamaash is in Kashmiri and captures the local flavour, with traditional songs and shots of the beautiful Kashmiri scenery. Singh says that the film doesn’t entirely overlook the conflict in the region, in fact, uses it in the setting. “The film has a lot of conflict, where the protagonist and his brother are always in trouble. We see poverty and difficult living conditions, but since it’s done by children, the audience finds it endearing,” says Singh. The film has not been screened in Kashmir yet but Singh hopes the awards will give them enough money for a screening there. “If that happens, then Tamaash would have given more than what we ever expected from the film,” says Singh.
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