The Sound of Redemption

Software engineer Prateek Payodhi’s short film Ghazal is a poignant tale of love,inspiration and unfulfilled dreams.

Written by Rohan Swamy | Published: June 4, 2013 3:27:21 am

Software engineer Prateek Payodhi’s short film Ghazal is a poignant tale of love,inspiration and unfulfilled dreams

The settings are deglamourised. A green room,bits and pieces of a radio interview playing in the background and a famous ghazal singer blending in with the cacophony that marks the beginning of a live performance. These and a story from his past which refuses to die out are some of the disjointed elements that form the narrative of 25-year-old Prateek Payodhi’s short film,Ghazal. Released on YouTube on Sunday,the film has already garnered over 1,000 views. Payodhi has no formal training in film making and “learnt the craft from the internet.”

The idea for the film had been brewing for a long time. A software engineer by profession,Payodhi has been working on docu-fiction films and theatre plays since college days. Ghazal,however,is a film that was born out of a dream. “It sounds weird,but I dreamt of the story and then jotted it down. The final script was finished in a few days. The actors were friends who came on board for the film,” he adds.

While the shoot was completed in just two days and the edit in five days,the sound was the most challenging part. “With the ghazal being an essential element of the film,we had to hunt for a good sound recordist and sound editor to create the right atmosphere,” says Payodhi.

The movie details the story of a ghazal singer,who meets his former lover just before a live performance. The girl,who is married in San Francisco,has travelled to India to meet him after hearing his radio interview. “We were sure how the emotions would be portrayed on screen. There were hues of dark blue and more emotions spoken through the eyes than verbally. There are parts where the singer understands his shortcomings as a person and so does the girl,for not sticking by him when he needed her most. They both know that they are imperfect,but there is a sense of loss too,” he says.

Payodhi says he will send Ghazal to film festivals but right now he is happy learning that the film has begun to receive a good response over the internet. “I guess that is imperative as a filmmaker. Just getting the movie out to people and getting them to watch it is a big achievement in itself. Of course,hearing them

say that the movie connected with them deeply is just the icing on the cake,” he adds.

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