Young filmmaker Mukul Kapoor needs to inform tales seeped in Indian tradition. As his documentary Ankuran: The Art Of Idol Making is getting recognition within the pageant circuit, this Chandigarh boy’s resolve is simply getting stronger.
Mukul is at the moment pursuing a course in path from Whistling Woods International, Mumbai. Passion for images that began at school took a severe flip and this former St John’s scholar determined to pursue movie path.
“I got the knack of telling stories from my mother who is a painter and writer,” he says. For his love of Indian mythology, he credit his grandmother who advised him tales throughout his childhood.
His first documentary Ankuran trails the idol makers in Pen, Maharashtra. “Last year I saw the Ganpati spectacle. It left me in awe of the tradition while also making me think about those idol makers who spend weeks perfecting their pieces that eventually end up in water.”
The search to seek out idol makers resulted in a 15-minute documentary. “It’s a beautiful cycle of life that the Ganpati festival stands for. Our culture is steeped in such symbolism.”
Shot with an iphone Ankuran bought to be part of 4 main movie festivals. It was invited to the 10th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival-20 (official choice), 10th Pune Short Film Festival (official choice), Tagore International Film Festival (award winner) and Calcutta International Cult Film Festival (award winner) and Virgin Spring Cinefest (award winner).
“We recently released the film on YouTube and within a month, more than 35,000 people have seen it.” Encouraged by the glad starting, Mukul intends to inform extra tales primarily based on Indian tradition and custom. “We shot the film with an iphone and came a long way. That strengthens my resolve that an artiste doesn’t need fancy equipment but only passion and dedication,” says Mukul, who discovered an awesome accomplice in Soham Banerjee who edited the movie.