Rakshit Diwedi wanted to become a cricketer and then wanted to join film but his father refused. He then fulfilled his commitment, worked for IBM and now living his dream. Read on to know more about this filmmaker.
Tell us about your life journey in brief?
As a kid I wanted to be a cricketer but my father was not interested. I was in 6th class when I first participated in drama. I got huge cheers from audience and they congratulated me behind the stage. That excited me. In next 3 years i won 32 drama prizes. I expressed my desire to join cinema to my father. But again he refused because it is not socially acceptable profession. I completed my studies. Worked with IBM,fullfilled all my responsibilities and now I am living my dream. I feel cricket and cinema made me a better person. I believe all of us should engage ourselves in some form of art or games.
What prompted you to become a filmmaker?
This is a tough question to answer. I don’t think that there is one specific thing that got me into filmmaking. It’s everything. I love telling stories through visuals. I love the technical aspect of the genre and of course I love the opportunity filmmaking offers to collaborate with amazing people. Filmmaking allows you to travel and experience the different lives and different worlds. Before converting an idea to a film one has to go through several versions of it. That excites me as a filmmaker.
Tell us about your team, if you have?
Filmmaking is a teamwork. I am fortunate enough to have some passionate and creative individuals in my team. As a filmmaker my job is to make them understand my vision. I am open to their suggestions. We celebrate each others works. We are open to anyone who is passionate about any aspect of filmmaking.
How many/ What kind of movies you have made?
I have made 2 short films. Both falls into the genre of documentary drama. First short film ‘Jeevan Asha’ is story of a young writer estranged from family. He finds peace at an old age home. But life takes a turn and leaves him with a decision to take. Second one is based on eye donation. My next 2 projects are fictional drama. Love and compassion are integral ingredients of my films. In future I would definitely make films on other genres.
What is your dream/ vision?
My dream is to make it big as a filmmaker. I want to make some films which leave great impact on the history of cinema. I want to entertain people with my films and create some impact on their life.
What difficulties you face as an independent filmmaker?
Almost all independent filmmakers’ problem is financing. All of our problems can be addressed in some fashion by being better capitalized. There is no shortage of excellent ideas, potential scripts, and the individuals needed to make a film. The money to make it a reality is always the challenge. The other problem we are facing is to reach out to the audience.
What inspires you or keeps you going?
I have many stories to tell. Each time someone appreciate my work it encourages me to work hard and produce even a better film next time. I always wanted to explore more about different lives and convert them into visuals. That keeps me going as a filmmaker.
Any fun/ memorable incident?
My first short film was shot with real residents of an old age home. I went back to them with the final film. When they saw the film there were twinkles in their eyes and smiles on face. They blessed me. That’s the best feeling till date.
What advice you’d like to give to someone who is interested/newbie in film making?
If you have a story to tell than go and make it. There will be obstacles but you have to overcome. When you start something never leave in between. Try all jugaads beg, borrow do whatever it takes but be honest to your film and to yourself. And read as much as you can.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I would like to congratulate stagephod for creating such a beautiful platform. Now indie filmmakers can hope that they and their work will be recognized.
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