20 October, 2020

A Little Thrift

A film on a minuscule budget stuns viewers

A Little Thrift

An SMS from a filmmaker tells us his 70-minute feature film has been made with a paltry sum of Rs 40,000. An incredulous silence later, the inevitable question follows. “Are you sure?” “Yes,” guffaws 26-year-old Srinivas Sunderrajan. His debut feature film, The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project, is creating a minor stir in the filmmaking community in Mumbai. The last time such a spartan cinematic experiment was conducted was in ’04, when Vinay Subramanian and Mridul Toolsidass made Missed Call for Rs 27 lakh. But this one comes several zeroes cheaper, and given that it has received acclaim after the first preview, it may well turn out to be a new milepost for independent cinema in India.

Srinivas’s film has been made without the involvement of any film studio and was shot in 30 days, over a period of one year. The Hindi-English film has a cast of little-known actors like Kartik Krishnan, Vishwesh K, Swara Bhaskar and D. Santosh. Written by Srinivas and Vijesh Rajan and shot...



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