CHALO SAKHA US DES MEIN / AT HOME WALKING/ 114 min/ 2019
In a world moving to a total mechanization of human life, the film inquires deeply into the question of speed and progress and proposes a way of slowing down mind to find synch with the present moment. Sometimes knowing that best things in life like rain, wind, stars & sunlight yet come for free is liberating; remembering that my two feet can often carry me farther than I can imagine, is a discovery.
It is the story of a journey that begins At Home with a woman and a digital camera, and grows into a travel across Nomadsland, walking alongside nomads & pilgrims.In the midst of mainstream cinematic scenarios of impending apocalypse and intergalactic wars, filmmaker wonders about an other way of re-membering the originary impulse of being human.
Across cultures, pilgrimage serves as a lesson in a life of hardship and few necessities. There is a belief across many Asian communities that an experience in worldly sorrow provides the pilgrim a detached view of life; a momentary liberation from the tangles of everyday. It's believed that those who cannot undertake pilgrimage gain merit by looking at images from pilgrimage.
AISA NAHIN HUA THA TAHERA / JUMBLED CANS/ 24 min/ 2013
Zuber goes to attend a story reading session of Kamal, his childhood friend. Recognizing himself as character in the story, bothers Zuber. He recounts for wife Tahira the actual incident behind the story. Tahira thinks everyone must tell their own story. As Zuber ponders the making of a story, he begins to see things a little differently. As we watch Zuber play a role in the film within the film, the binaries of fact/fiction, life/narrative, individual/ collective karma begin to dissolve and merge.
KATHA LOKNATH/ reTOLD BY LOKNATH/ 43 min/ 2012
An ordinary everyday in the city, amidst human and electronic chatter, the child dreams of a birth; in flashes of lightning, a specter unfolds; the mother’s voice beckons the not-yet-born to the world. Amidst rolling thunder, hearing the mother’s voice, it wakes up to multiple tellings of the same tale. The world appears in the infant's dream... another story that we write to redeem illusive historic truths, absurd evidences, which spare none, unless given a place in a story.
Nobody knows the entire story. Parts of stories lie hidden in the rubble and ruin of history. No one knows where it begins, nor where it ends. Yet it is not as much of a misfortune to not know this, as it is to wonder if there is a story at all; in an age that thrives on stories of disbelief...On the banks of the Mahanadi, in village Sonpur lives the potter Loknath. He knows many stories.
We will go to Sonpur one day…. the mother tells the child.
John Abraham National Award
VIDEO EXPERIMENTA 2013
SABAD NIRANTAR/ WORD WITHIN THE WORD/ 74 min/ 2008
is a search for the Word within the word; a poised reflection on the formless essence of reality expressed through the living resonance, continuing and constant exchanges among diverse worldview, epochs and emotions of the indigenous spirit and its undying echoes enlivening the emergent and modern soul.
It seeks to comprehend and expand upon the Bhakti movement, a critical chapter in the social, political and literary history as far back as 12th cent., in India, that of medieval mystic poets like Kabir, Gorakhnath, Meera, Sehjobai and others blooming from within 'wretched of the earth'; coming to form cogent dialogues across socio-philosophic fractures in an ancient landscape ravaged by history.
Setting out on a journey into the flux, it finds within the zeitgeist, ancestral voices dismantle fatal stereotypes, those blind yardsticks of lopsided reason with which knowledge attempts to measure past & present.
BEYOND THE WHEEL / 59 min/ 2005
takes a look at three women in Indian Pottery, with reference to the taboo of the wheel. For their urban counterpart, the taboo does not exist. It is with the urban artist, Shampa that we travel to the two remote villages of Thongjao, Manipur and Khavda, Gujarat to meet her counterparts in traditional pottery. Of these Sara Ibrahim belongs to the western indian tradition of painted pottery and Neelmani Devi to the north eastern tradition of burnished pottery. As Sara and Neelmani craft their exquisite handmade pots, the taboo of the wheel is silently circumvented.
DO HAFTE GUZARTE DO HAFTE NAHIN LAGTE/ 22 min/ 2000
Student film based on the story JAGAH by Jyotsna Milan.
The world knows who Vincent van Gogh was, apparently. The 2 short films work towards turning the light away from the crazy artist image of the Vincent van Gogh, the world likes to label him as, to the singular vision of an artist's deeply compassionate soul & flagrant mind.
The 2 shorts are our film letters back to dear Vincent, a token of our gratefulness towards the compassionate genius he was, for his healing Art. It sets out to trace footprints in the sand and smoke trails in the sky that simultaneously vanish and remain.
NEEND SE LAMBI RAAT/ A NIGHT LONGER THAN SLEEP
A poetry music video based on the poetry of Hindi poet late NAVEEN SAGAR. The poem talks of sleepless nights troubled by visions and memories from a haunting world; a nostalgic past with a recurring metaphor of a 'night longer than sleep'.
Made in a workshop with students of FTII.