‘Film­mak­ers around the globe are fas­ci­nated by In­dia’

Ital­ian film­maker Sal­va­tore Allocca speaks to Mur­taza Ali Khan about the screen­ing of his re­cent film Taranta on the Road in Guwahati, and his at­tach­ment to the sub­ject of mi­gra­tion.

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jected to prej­u­dice of some kind or the other, de­spite Italy be­ing a mul­ti­cul­tural, lib­eral coun­try.

Q. You have had the ex­pe­ri­ence of mak­ing both fea­ture length as well as short films. How dif­fer­ent is one from the other, from the sto­ry­telling point of view? A.

For me the process is re­ally the same. It starts with re­search fol­lowed by writ­ing the screenplay. How­ever, the ma­jor strug­gle while mak­ing a short film is to be able to tell the story in just a few min­utes. Also, cap­tur­ing the au­di­ence’s at­ten­tion can be a bit tricky with a short film as there is hardly any breath­ing space in the nar­ra­tive and so you ei­ther have the au­di­ence with you or you don’t.

Q. You have been in In­dia a few times now. A lot of film­m­mak­ers from David Lean and Richard At­ten­bor­ough to Wes An­der­son have tried to cap­ture In­dia though their lens. What ac­cord­ing to you makes In­dia a fas­ci­nat­ing sub­ject? A.

I share a very in­ter­est­ing re­la­tion­ship with In­dia. My wife Maya Gili who is also the cos­tume de­signer on my films is ac­tu­ally half-In­dian and half-Ital­ian. Her mother is an In­dian hail­ing from Ker­ala. One of the things I re­ally like about In­dia is that it is deeply rooted in its tra­di­tions and yet it is very mod­ern. It is per­haps for this rea­son that film­mak­ers and artists all around the globe are fas­ci­nated by In­dia.

Q. What are your thoughts on In­dian cin­ema? Who are your fa­vorite film­mak­ers and ac­tors? A.

In the re­cent times I have been study­ing In­dian cin­ema very closely. I have been fas­ci­nated by the va­ri­ety on of­fer. Some of the films that I have re­ally liked are Chai­tanya Tamhane’s Ritesh Ba­tra’s The and Anurag Kashyap’s

Also, I have found the work of Nawazud­din Sid­diqui re­ally fas­ci­nat­ing in al­most ev­ery film that I have seen. I also adored him in I am in awe of his work and just can’t seem to get enough of him. I have learned so many Hindi cuss words just from watch­ing him play Gaitonde.

Ital­ian film­maker Sal­va­tore Allocca.

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Still from Allocca’s short film,

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