George Group of Colleges holds online interactive session with the maker of Tikli and Laxmi Bomb
Filmmaker Aditya Kripalani was the star speaker at an interactive online session with students hosted by George Group of Colleges, Kolkata, on April 6.
A graduate of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, Kripalani won national and international accolades with his 2017 debut film Tikli and Laxmi Bomb, a refreshing feminist take on the sex trade in Mumbai.
In the session moderated by Mandrita Ghosh, associate professor of Media Science at George Group of Colleges, Kripalani looked back at his journey with Tikli and Laxmi Bomb and filmmakers who have inspired his creative approach.
Highlights from Aditya Kripalani’s talk:
-- For students keen on joining the film industry, it is important to focus on what you have to say and begin a fruitful journey. You must have a part of yourself in every film. It can be about your take on dealing with power, handling depression, angst, or anything that you have felt and invested your energy in. Try to make all your work an autobiography.
-- With Tikli and Laxmi Bomb, we wanted to leave people with a feeling of anger and a deep urge to change the society’s thought process. I spoke to a lot of sex workers about safety in their line of work. Their refrain was that men make false promises of safety. So, it’s the women who have to take the onus of their security. That’s something we really wanted to bring into the film.
-- Laxmi is a suppressed character who realises that sisterhood is above all. Her journey is the film’s highlight. Tikli, on the other hand, is the life of the party. She never bows down to authority or oppression of any kind.
-- It was tricky to shoot around a road that was not too bright or too dark. We had to find a place that was relatively quiet since Mumbai is a ridiculously loud city. While choosing a location, my suggestion would be to imagine oneself as that character and see whether you would want to live in that place.
-- Mumbai is a potpourri of people coming from all over India, speaking various languages. So, it was the perfect setting for Tikli and Laxmi Bomb as the film demanded characters from all across the country.
-- When characters die on screen, they live longer in your mind and you take them home. It was very important for me to let people go home with the feeling of pain, anger and frustration over all that is wrong with our society. The pain was intended for them to introspect on what they might do in order to change things.
-- Aparna Sen has been one of my biggest inspirations. 36 Chowringhee Lane (directed by Sen) was one of my favourite films, especially from a feminist’s point of view. Of course, Satyajit Ray has inspired generations with Pather Panchali. I am also influenced by Shyam Benegal, Govind Nihalani and Anurag Kashyap.
(Author bio: Daita Dasgupta is a second-year Media Science student at George College)
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