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Posted by Murali
Glass is a short film by the Dutch filmmaker Bert Haanstra. I saw it for the first time at FTII Pune in 1990 when I did a film appreciation course. The film was introduced to us by Prahlaad Kakkar who, incidentally, has done this course in the 70s. Kakkar told us that he had joined this course at FTII thinking it would be a great way to meet girls. (Well he was speaking for me as well.) Sadly, Kakkar found that that year the class was full of men. Consequently he had no other option but to sit through the sessions with his eye on the screen. He did so, reluctantly, until one day the schedule mentioned the screening of a documentary film called GLASS. Now who would sit through a documentary film in the prime of youth? Well anyone who is obliged into temporary celibacy it seems. Kakkar saw Glass. And his life changed. He never realized that there was this side to film. He never realized that when it comes to expressing the poetry of life no medium is as COMPLETE as film. Kakkar went on to make a career in ad film direction. I saw Glass too. I decided to get into ad film writing.
Posted by Thomas
P.S. My class had people like Ashutosh Gowariker, Renuka Shahane, Krishnamachari Bose etc. I guess GLASS opened their vision too.
The Cinthol Hrithik Film or How everything went according to the script.
Hrithik’s dates were available. And we were ready to roll with the first line - “Film opens on Hrithik Roshan at
So I will concentrate on what I did best at the shoot. I was a traveller (tourist seems to bring to mind a shopper with a camera across the chest. I always travel light, that’s without a camera.). And I had Kaushik and Kevin for company in
Ashit from Ramesh Deo Productions handed us a 5-day shoot schedule. We quickly worked around it to fit in our itinerary: see everything in KL, catch up on the pubs and bars, and do a little shopping. Food was high on the agenda with Kaushik as captain.
So we would go to the shoot, get a first hand look at how a great director works with a great team, works with a great star. There were schedule issues which they quickly sorted out. There were certain logistics issues, which they sorted out. There were certain stunt scene issues, which they sorted out extremely well. While I carried around within a 5 meter radius, of the cooler filled with everything.
We would laze around while Colston, the still photographer, would catch Hrithik in between the shoot to grab some still pictures. They turned out really well the first day so we didn’t disturb them. So we clung to the cooler in the 38 degree celsius environment. Every once in a while we would go to the monitor and enjoy watching the professional in Hrithik. It was quite an experience to watch Hrithik go canoeing, rollerblading, diving, horse riding, jet skiing, parkouring, bungee jumping and playing rugby. While every woman in the agency wanted to be there, we three men just hung around with a cold tin in hand.
We burped our way through the shoot and celebrated at the wrap-up party organized by the production headed by