Mr Mahul Brahma: Mahul’s debut short film as a lead actor was chosen by Cannes jury for screening at the Palais de Festivals. This is a story of his date with the red carpet.
Then his journey begun with his school mates who were his associates, they started from Kolkata to Milan then reached Florence by train, after a heck tick journey they finally reached cannes.
If I start with their short film story it would be really an inspiring story for you all. So I really wanted you people to go through their short film. So here is it.
Elixir: Selected for Cannes Short Film Corner
It was Directed by Mr Anirban Guha
Cast: Daminee Benny Basu, Mahul Brahma, Arindom Ghosh, & Dr Koushik Dutta
Editor: Sreya Chatterjee (FTII alumni, national award winning editor in 2008)
DOP: Ravi Kiran Ayyagari (FTII alumni)
Story: The film is essentially talks about a mind-journey, a journey into soul and solitude. The story weaves itself around a woman and the parallel realities that she lives and yearns for. The Elixir helps her get into a dream world with her dream lover. She yearns for this imaginary life and prefers it to the reality that reminds her of her estranged husband and the failed marriage. She ends up in a mental asylum and is offered a final choice, another drink of Elixir.
Anirban, a Delhi-based banker and Mahul, a Kolkata-based senior editor-turned-corporate communicator never imagined that Elixir will be the chosen film for Cannes screening.
Anirban says: “It was kind of a dream which I never thought would see the light of the day. Banker by profession I’ve been in theatrics even since my childhood and have written and directed several theatrical productions in various cities. But making a film was something totally new for me. Earlier we had attempted something at a much smaller scale with few friends together, but this one so to say is my first serious attempt at film-making.”
Mahul Brahma, who is a former senior editor and now a corporate communicator, is happy on his acting debut as a lead in the film. Mahul says: “When Anirban told me about the role I thought me must be joking. He was absolutely sure that I will fit the role of Akash, the dream lover, best. Every day of the shoot was a challenge for me. Facing the camera. Acting. But thanks to the excellent team effort, the hard work paid off. I am humbled that it got selected by Cannes jury. Watching our movie screened at Cannes Film Festival will be an amazing experience.”
They will be off to Cannes for the screening in May.
The film making process:
The film-making process was practically spread over a whole year, starting from mid-2015. The shoot was of 4 days in December, 2015, when Anirban could finally manage to take leaves from work. Following that, there was a long period that kept him occupied with rigorous post-production activities. Since the technical team was spread across 3 different cities, much of this iterative and intense work had to be carried out over telephonic and internet conversations. This was coupled with some hurricane trips to Kolkata over weekends to brush up and even out loose ends.