Subhasish Das who got inspired by Pather Panchali and started making films. Read on to know more about this talented filmmaker.
Tell us about your life journey in brief?
Well, my journey had been an interesting one, quite parallel to Santiago in Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea; set of ups and down, optimism and pessimism. I had always been a good listener and an observer hence I call myself an artist.
What prompted you to become a filmmaker?
Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali. This masterpiece cannot let me sleep in night and have peace in the day. I was much taken aback by the approach and the background of the filmmaker. Apart, “Quite people have the loudest mind” is what I would like to deal with, showcasing the loudest stories ever happening in 70mm Screen.
Tell us about your team, if you have?
I make new teams for every film, depending upon the genre and the plot.
How many/ What kind of movies you have made?
Till now, I have six movies under my belt and they varies among the genres like Drama, Musical/Light Comedy, Noir etc.
What is your dream/ vision?
My ultimate vision is to stamp my successful name amongst the Cannes Family as well Oscar Family.
What difficulties you face as an independent filmmaker?
There is always a burning sensation inside me, hard to explain why and what is it about, most probably ‘a waiting’ for magnum opus which needs a support and not possible being an independent. Technically, Budget would be in the top list. To add, collaboration and management of the team if it is quite in numbers.
What inspires you or keeps you going?
Robert Frost’s last line from Stopping by Woods in a Snowy Evening, “…and miles to go before you sleep,” as well as the elegant golden curves of the Oscar Award.
Any fun/ memorable incident?
Once, on the set, while I was in dilemma in between taking variation of shots, just then, the construction crane was moving gently above us fixed to a nearby ‘under construction’ building. The whole team shoot their eyes at me with awestruck; silence prevails for seconds since I can clearly hear two crows cawing somewhere around me, when I suggested them that an establishing shot can be taken from the construction crane putting the camera at the tip of the crane or someone can balance upon it like a superman. Ha, that Look, I can’t let it wither away off my mind till pigs fly.
What advice you’d like to give to someone who is interested/newbie in filmmaking?
Take Risk with Caution to give your ‘The Best.’ It might be once in a life opportunity.
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