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This ‘low budget’ only pushes one thing high, and that is CREATIVITY. – Sanjib Nath

Sanjib-Nath-stagephod-The Laughing Buddha

Everything was a ‘jugaad’ since we had no such funding for the movie. Read on to know more how Sanjib made a short film in minimal resources.

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

I was looking for women who will be willing to understand what all the character demands and women who would be interested in attending workshops. After a tiring hunt, I found Satamita. She is from my mother-in-law’s social gathering. I thought she would suit the mother’s character. And my sister-in-law, Ananya, happily agreed to experience the maid character. And my fellow-directors/friends, Rajesh and Deepak were always there with me from the beginning- Be it their thoughts or suggestions. Rajesh took up the responsibility of the DOP while working on the script. He also arranged for the equipment- Camera, sound recorder, etc. finding a camera and getting a sound recorder.

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

After completing my first short film ‘CARELESS COFFEE’, my wife, Payal came up with a fresh way of revealing a mother-daughter relationship through some paper chits of wishes. I liked the concept and adopted her story for my screenplay.

Sanjib-Nath-stagephod The Laughing Buddha

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

From actors to art direction, to production, everything was a jugaad! The whole cast worked on method acting. Although it was tough, it was great fun. I still remember how Sudipto found the temple or we all, Rajesh, Prashant, Tutu, PinkuDa and my parents made our lighting equipment. Due to the high heat, the front cover butter paper got burnt a couple of times. Payal and my office colleague, Asha made paintings, and pasted on to thermocol boards with black borders to give a frame like look for the sets. Sometimes even during the shoot, Payal-Ananya-Satomita (our Charlie’s angels) made food for the whole cast and crew.

What recognition did you get for this short film?

‘LAUGHING BUDDHA’ got nominated for the Critics award in LISFF 2013, got selected in several film festivals and also got featured in the Vijay Karnataka newspaper. I felt really appreciated when my relatives told me, they were offered sweets on their train journey from a co-passenger to convey how much they liked ‘LAUGHING BUDDHA’.

Sanjib-Nath-stagephod-The Laughing-Buddha

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

When low-BP, low-sugar, low-cholesterol, low-stress are POSITIVE, how can low-budget be NEGATIVE? These low-things stay low with low-budget and become high enough with high-budget I guess. This ‘low budget’ only pushes one thing to be high, and that is CREATIVITY.

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