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I got my father’s appreciation for the first time when I saw him in tears after watching this movie – Sahil Tandon

Sahil Tandon-stagephod Mohabbat at first nazar

Sahil Tandon along with his friend made Mohabbat at First Nazar in minimal resources. Read on to know more about the jugaads he used.

Tell us about you and your team (if you have) in brief.

“Friends can do wonders!” My friend Saurav Tyagi and I came up with this wonderful movie entitled “Mohabbat at First Nazar”. Although his educational background is Law and I’m from the media, we have the same passion of sharing stories that touch the right chord of heart, and that’s how we brought Lights, Camera, and Action into our life.

How did you come up with the idea of this particular short film?

Generally, I think about new stories when I’m lying in bed just about to sleep. This story came into my mind in that way. I usually think of an ordinary subject and then give it a new experience with an abnormal theme. That’s how I came up with this idea and the rest of the changes were made on paper the next morning, obviously after waking up.

Sahil Tandon-stagephod-Mohabbat at first nazar

What all prominent “Jugaads” did you do to make the film with minimal resources?

We decided to shoot this movie at a guesthouse. We thought the owner would charge us a minimum amount. Initially we did shoot a few scenes outside the guesthouse, but in spite of early negotiations with the owner, he did not allow us to shoot scenes in the guesthouse at this crucial moment. The last resort was to do the shooting at my house. Later, we made ‘Jugaads’ by shooting some scenes in front of the guesthouse and the rest at home.

What recognition did you get for this short film?

Recently this short film won the Second Prize at Director’s Cut, which was organized by the Institute of Engineering & Technology, Punjab University, Chandigarh. The Judges appreciated this movie for its performances, concept, acting and editing. They found the film’s climax to be impeccable, as they hadn’t expect any short film to give them such goose bumps as this one did.

I got my father’s appreciation for the first time when I saw him in tears after watching this movie. The film was released on my birthday, and people were calling me not to wish me but to say, “Bhai tune to rulaa diya” (Brother you made us cry). Such appreciations from my well-wishers inspired me a lot.

Sahil Tandon-stagephod-Mohabbat at first-nazar

What advice will you give new / aspiring filmmakers on making a low budget film?

Always give your soul and heart to your work and believe in it, which is more important. Goof-ups will work if placed with proper ‘jugaads’.  So apart from being a diligent filmmaker, you need to be a great ‘Jugaadu’, only then success will come automatically to you. Remember you must take your work as a challenge and learn from what mistakes you’ve made. However, remember never to take your success or failure too seriously, but as a challenge to produce better products next time.

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Know more about Sahil, here


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