March of Memories


I dream of making films on the art and music of India. “The adults didn’t pay much heed to her anymore because it was time consuming to solve the riddles. To use the funds judiciously, Tabassum and Ghosh decided to do the line production under the company Synecdoche Films, which they have co-founded. More than 60 per cent of the film was shot outdoors and on the streets of Mumbai. “The film is an attempt to recreate certain memories from childhood and explore certain spaces in my hometown which have a very special place in my life,” she says. Years later, this childhood experience became an inspiration for The Cake Story, a short film written and directed by Tabassum. While interning at a Delhi-based ad agency, she decided to apply to Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, and later joined the direction course. This year, the film bagged the National Award (Special Mention) in the Non Feature-Fiction Category. However, she says she doesn’t consider dance, art and filmmaking to be very different from each other. They try to follow Monu’s “obscure” lead that the cake shop is near “Rocket Nana’s house” where the footpath has holes. “My friend Paramita Ghosh, who is the executive producer of this film, and I wanted to give this film our best. Although her maternal uncle Tasadduq Yusuf was a well-known actor in Assamese cinema, a career in films was never encouraged at home. 2018-05-01T00:00:06+05:30″>
Updated: May 1, 2018 12:00:06 am

Writer-director Rukshana Tabassum

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Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Daredevils by 13 runsSridevi imitating her daughter Janhvi Kapoor in this old video will warm your heartJEE Main Results 2018 LIVE: Results declared, 2,31,024 qualify For JEE AdvancedDURING the last few years of her life, writer-director Rukshana Tabassum’s grandmother was losing her memory rapidly. Tabassum was born in Assam’s Nagaon and both her parents were teachers. “A major portion of our funds was used up in this. So, it’s really tough to crack this one,” says the 33-year-old. Currently, I’m trying to understand the best ways to capture classical dances in terms of camera movement, lensing and others. But us, the younger lot, had ample time to listen, believe and be a part of the world she was creating through her memories,” recounts Tabassum. The kind of funding they received from the Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI), which produced the film, was not enough for the production they had in mind. As she could not remember most of the names, she would describe people or places through various vivid personal memories associated with them. While making this film, my team and I learnt everything about making a film that we didn’t learn in film school,” says Tabassum. Just when he thinks a dial service information centre could help, his phone battery dies. As a series of unfortunate events ensues, Monu’s father forgets the bakery’s receipt at home. “For me, everything is about telling stories. Tabassum is also a Bharatanatyam dancer and painter. A whole bunch of our friends extended their support to make this a reality,” says Tabassum, adding that although she didn’t consciously decide to make a children’s film, most of her stories featured them. We had to deal with location managers, BMC officials, cops, goons and whole lot of middlemen to get permissions. One day, when Tabassum and her mother had stepped out of home, a visitor left a box of sweets with her grandmother. The film captures the search of six-year-old Monu and his father for a bakery, which has the former’s smiley birthday cake. I do my dance practice almost everyday except on the days I have hectic shoots. She is currently writing the second draft of her next, a feature film, based in her hometown. Indian classical dances are complex and involves a lot of geometry. The film is multilingual (Marwari, Hindi, Assamese and Bengali) and will explore the story of a Marwari boy based in Assam. The movie features Ballu Panchal as Monu and Vinay Pathak as his father while Sagar Desai has composed music for it. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App After graduating from FTII in 2008, she worked for a film production company before turning a freelance writer-director. When asked who was the visitor, her grandmother said it was her friend’s son who lived near a lamp post next to a pond where she went fishing as a young girl. Though they eventually figured out who had brought the sweets, such episodes became a part of their household.