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Thursday , January 23 , 2014
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Reality touch for future filmmakers
- St Xavier’s film festival begins, actor Yashpal Sharma gives pep talk to students

Making a short film and uploading it on any video-sharing website like YouTube is quite easy but to leave your imprint on other’s mind and heart is difficult. For that, one needs to have passion for filmmaking.

The advice came from actor Yashpal Sharma to budding filmmakers at St Xavier’s College in Ranchi on Wednesday.

The National School of Drama graduate, who has acted in number of Bollywood hits like Lagaan, Gangajaal and Rowdy Rathore, was the chief guest at the inauguration of Cynosure-2014, the fifth edition of the cradle’s film festival.

The two-day event for students has been organised by communication and video production department of the college at Father C De Brouwer Auditorium.

To honour the actor, a special screening of Das Capital — City of Slaves, which has Sharma and his wife Pratibha in the cast, took place.

The story of this 110-minute film, jointly directed by Dayal Nihalani and Rajen Kothari, is about a cashier set in Bihar of 1980s, who after being caught in a vicious cycle of circumstances and corruption, is forced to sell the body of his wife to an illegal skeleton-maker.

Once the special screening got over, the focus shifted on the students’ creations.

“Altogether 20 documentary films made by our students as well as from other participating institutions would be screened during the festival. There is also a competition for our department, where seven films are vying for the best tag,” said Sana Parveen, a member of the organising committee.

The films shown on Day 1 highlighted several social issues.In the competitive section, Ek Nazar Idhar Bhi reflected the tough life of slum dwellers. Economist Ramesh Sharan, who was interviewed as part of the documentary, pointed out that the exact number of slums in the capital was yet to be declared by Ranchi Municipal Corporation.

Aisha: Ek Ummid Ki Kiran portrayed how elderly women of a locality became literate after an NGO’s initiative.

In the non-competitive section, students of Karim City College in Jamshedpur through their 16-minute documentary, Cross Road, attempted to curb suicides among youths.

Akhir Kab Tak, another documentary that was screened, raised a finger on honour killing and called for an end to it.