Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival (BVFF) is not like any other film festival in the Northeast, it aims to close the gap between talented filmmakers in the Northeast and Bollywood. Some of the most well-known Bollywood biggies have been part of the festival like Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti, Soojit Sircar, Anurag Kashyap, Rajkumar Hirani, Farhan Akhtar, Rahul Bose, Kunal Kapoor, Shimit Amin and more. One of the major highlights of the festival is the Short Film Contest which aims to promote talented filmmakers from the region and connects them with established Bollywood directors and producers which helps to turn their dreams into a reality.
In fact, Jivitesh Mazumdar from Guwahati, the winner of Short Film Contest in 2015, is part of the film crew working on ‘Pink’ an Amitabh Bachchan starrer social thriller directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and produced by Ronnie Lahiri’s Rising Sun Films. We find out more about his journey so far –
Were you always interested in creative arts?
Yes, I was. From childhood, I was into drawing, sketching and the like. When I went to The Scindia School at Gwalior, I was exposed to drama and performing arts. I was introduced to many strong personalities who inspired me to work in this field.
Were your parents supportive?
Initially they weren’t as they wanted me to be an engineer, but when my principal from The Schindia School explained to them there are things beyond engineering and medicine, they started to encourage me. It was because of my principal that I applied for a scholarship abroad.
Where did you study abroad?
Well, as I said I applied for the scholarship and luckily I got selected for B.A. Animation at the University of Westminister, London. In the final year, I assisted Pakistani director Shiraz Ali with the short film ‘Stranger Within Me’ which was screened at Cannes Film Festival.
How did BVFF happen?
After coming back, I was just wondering what to do and came across BVFF’s ad and decided to make an animated film for the contest. So, I made a team once I was assured that we won’t compromise on quality. My grandparents always told the stories from ‘Burhi Aair Hadhu’ by Lakshmi Nath Bezbarooah. So, I picked up the wittiest and funniest of the lot and finally ‘Lotkon’ was ready.
How did the BVFF Short Film Contest help you?
Well, it is the best to thing to happen to me after I came back to India. It has given to me the exposure I needed at the right time and now I am working in a film with our country’s biggest superstar.
Share your experience shooting for Pink?
It has been a great learning experience. From changing the script to holding the clapperboard, we are involved in everything and the inputs from the seniors have helped me look at filmmaking in a whole new way. I was also amazed to see Bachchan Sir’s energy during the shoot, his punctuality and positivity inspires everyone present at the shoot.