Shiladitya Bora: I had a debt of Rs 35 lakh, my mom’s provident fund bailed me out


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Published: November 26, 2017 12:00 am

Shiladitya Bora wants to set up a platform where content is king, but also self-sustaining. “I worked with Amit Masurkar (director of Newton) when we distributed Sulemaani Keeda. I became a consultant for other producers. That’s how Director’s Rare happened.”
But after four-and-a-half years, Bora went to Mumbai to make his own film, Minefield. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App Where content is king, but it’s self sustaining as well. When Bora joined in 2015, Drishyam already had the critically acclaimed Ankhon Dekhi under their belt. Then I started studying at MICA,” says Bora. I came back within 23 days. Some months ago, Bora parted ways with Drishyam Films. After engineering, I went to the School of Cinema and TV at Los Angeles City College. Manish Mundra, founder of Drishyam Films, had been messaging me during the time to work with Drishyam, which was just starting out. It was a typical scene from a film — people lining up outside my house for their money. We met in 2015, and I was hooked when Amit narrated the concept. We have the stories, we have the storytellers. The second and third were not financially viable,” says Bora, when we met him on the sidelines of Guwahati’s fifth edition of the Brahmaputra Valley film Festival. “I want to set up something similar to Miramax studios. It made me realise the potential of a festival,” says Bora. “Manish and I had the same vision of quality cinema, but with a different treatment — as that’s what makes all the difference,” he says. He has started his own film production and distribution banner called Platoon One films, and has begun work on his long-pending dream project. My mother’s provident fund bailed me out,” says Shiladitya Bora, producer, distributor and the man who played a crucial role in bringing Newton to the screen. Expectations were high from Bora. “But, I wanted to make films. I pushed it with Manish and the film got a green signal,” he says. All we need is a platform. I think I got overwhelmed. Then I used to think that Bollywood was this unreachable place,” After finishing school in Jorhat, he enrolled in an engineering course at Lalbhai Dalpatbhai College of Engineering, Ahmedabad in 2001. One day, while I was in Sri Lanka scouting locations for my project, I got an email where Manish offered me the CEO position. I vividly remember watching films such as Amar Akbar Anthony and Aradhna. I hope I can provide that,” he says. “I used to rent out screens at the local PVR and show films such as Antaheen and Cinema Paradiso. This is how I came in touch with Gautam Dutta, the CEO of PVR Cinemas,” says Bora, “Dutta suggested we work together. Bora, 25 years old then, did not have any vices that contributed to that huge debt. Bora had started this festival while still studying at Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA). Born in a middle-class family, Bora says, “I never knew that one could make a career out of films, especially someone from a town as small as Jorhat in Assam.” His obsession with films kicked in early though, and he thanks Doordarshan for it. “I was happy at the response. Post MICA, Bora started the Sunset Boulevard Film Club, in Ahmedabad. “Weekend afternoons were spent in front of the TV. It was his maiden project — Ahmedabad International Film Festival — that sank him. At MICA, Bora started the Ahmedabad film festival. The conversation turns to Newton, India’s official entry to the Academy Awards this year. It was 2010. I took it up,” says Bora. I kept refusing, as I wanted to work on my own film. Related News
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