“The his­tory of cin­ema be­gan with short films”

India Today - - SIMPLY GUJARATI BUZZ - ■ By De­vika Chaturvedi

Some­one once said there are no short cuts in life. Looks like back then they did not know about short films. Gu­jarat is slowly ex­pos­ing it­self to an all new genre of cin­ema—short films. It’s crisp, pre­cise, en­gag­ing and most im­por­tantly brief. In re­cent times many short film clubs have cropped up in the state, from MS Univer­sity in Bar­oda, NID to IIM-Ahmed­abad and City Pulse In­sti­tute of Film and Tele­vi­sion in Gand­hi­na­gar. Away from mul­ti­plexes, there are small but com­mit­ted groups which gather to watch al­ter­na­tive films, from Rus­sian folk sto­ries, to an­i­mated shorts from Tai­wan, Fin­land and In­done­sia, to get a taste of world cin­ema. Talk­ing about the trend, Cyrus Das­tur, founder of Shami­ana Short film club says, “We tend to for­get that the his­tory of cin­ema be­gan with short films and they’ve sur­vived the on­slaught of fea­ture films, tele­vi­sion and ev­ery other source of en­ter­tain­ment.”

Das­tur’s short film club, which was one of the first to in­tro­duce this genre of cin­ema to Gu­jarat, is prob­a­bly the only film club in the state that had a steady run of five years. He says, “In that sense, short films are not some­thing that has just popped up. It’s only now that peo­ple are wak­ing up to the genre and re­al­is­ing its essence. To­day, in Gu­jarat it al­most has a cult-like fol­low­ing.”

Shami­ana had its first screen­ing in a small café in 2009 in Ahmed­abad and the fol­low­ing year in Bar­oda. Al­though, In­dia has one of the largest film in­dus­tries in the world, there are very few plat­forms in the coun­try that al­low short-film mak­ers to show­case and dis­cuss their films.

“The idea is to bring the mud­dled short film in­dus­try across the spec­trum to­gether,” says Das­tur.

Short films ba­si­cally are democratis­ing the process of film­mak­ing and it’s only nat­u­ral that with tech­nol­ogy be­com­ing more ac­ces­si­ble, more peo­ple will take to mak­ing movies. “Gu­jarat has seen a lot of young and as­pir­ing film­mak­ers try­ing their hand at shorts and a lot of them have been good. Gu­jarat is only catch­ing up to what the world and In­dia has been up to for the last few years,” he adds.

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