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Fake trailer of The Bankrupts (Haal-E-Kangaal)

This is a fake trailer (3.35 mins) is made by two filmmakers Tripurari Gupta and Lokesh Sharma; for a film called THE BANKRUPTS (HAAL-E-KANGAAL), in which they have themselves acted. Details of the film 118 minutes Hindi / EST / India. Cast: Niraj Sah, Hemant Mahaur Associate Director: Suresh Gujar Sound: Santosh Kumar DOP: Narayanan Venkataraman Writer, Director, Editor: Ramchandra PN

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Teaser of my latest fiction feature film 'The Bankrupts' (Haal-E-Kangaal)
Production details: 118 Minutes / Hindi / India / 2013 / English Subtitles
Synopsis: Two filmmakers meet after a gap of fifteen years but struggle to shred away their uncomfortable common past.
Credits:
Cast: Niraj Sah, Hemant Mahaur
Associate Director: Suresh Gujar
Hindi Dialogues: Niraj Sah
Producer: Sushma PN
Location Sound: Santosh Kumar
Cameraman: Narayanan Venkatramanan
Story, Screenplay, Direction: Ramchandra PN

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The personal and the professional.

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The schedule at the 'Manipal Film Festival', 2013
The subject matters of many of my films are often based in the state of Karnataka in South India. I should admit that there is an ulterior motive here. The idea was that it would enable me to squeeze in a quick trip to Udupi, the town in which I grew up, to visit my parents who were staying alone. In the 1990s I was extensively involved in the non fiction tele-serial ‘Surabhi’, and for quite a while although based in Mumbai, I was the ‘Karnataka man’ in the organization. Anything that was to be done in that state, and I was the chosen one. It was my right, so to say.

I have been in Mumbai for over twenty two years and all these years I always did feel the need to maintain this connection. With both my parents having expired in quick secession a couple of years back, it did occur to me on several occasions as to how long this connection would last. I have been looking at subjects from other parts of the country for my…

When Dr. Varghese could not cast his vote...

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Shankarghatta - a view from the university My lectures at the Mass Communication Department at the Kuvempu University fell on the City Municipality Elections voting day in Karnataka. The University itself is named after Late K.V. Putappa (Kuvempu) considered as one of the fathers of Modern Kannada literature and is situated at Shankargatta, a small town on the outskirts of a reserved forest area that is around 45 minutes drive away from the city of Shimogga.
Well, Shimogga is Mr. B. S. Yeddyurappa's constituency and Yeddyurappa's stories on corruption  cases are well known. The land that he owns right on the Shimogga-Shankarghatta road along with a 'few lkilometer long' compound wall that is attached to it forms a prominent part in the 'things to see' list and that the housing rent at Shimogga doubled to Rs. 3,000/- for a three boredom house as soon as Mr. Yeddyurappa became the Chief Minister of the State of Karnataka forms a prominent part in the 'thing…

Why we exist?

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I was in Pune last week to conduct a six days short film making workshop for the TV direction students at my Alma Mater, The Film and TV Institute of India. Ravi Dawala, who was facilitating the workshop, and I interacted a lot during this period. We discussed about a host of topics which included amongst other things - the Big Bang theory, Stephen Hawking, the grand design, atoms etc…

We also dealt with the question of making independent self funded films - like the one I am presently working on called Haal-e-Kangaal' (The Bankrupts) and the difficulty of finding an audience for such films, when we are not going through the mainstream distribution system. All of a sudden Ravi asked me a question, ‘Why are you making the film that you are making?'

For a second I was speechless. Why was I making films at all?

And then I said, ‘I have made the films that I have made because I have said that I would make them. Now, after having said so, if I had not made those those films, I would h…