Film by the director Himachali selected at the international festival: The Tribune India


Shimla, January 8

The film “Clouds Messenger”, directed by Rahat Mahajan, from Nurpur in Kangra, has been shortlisted for screening at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) -2022.

The film is featured in the festival’s Tiger Competition segment, a platform for emerging film talent. A total of 14 films from around the world were shortlisted for the IFFR. The title of the film is inspired by the epic “Meghdoot” of the Sanskrit poet Kalidasa. It’s a coming-of-age story that combines contemporary and ancient storytelling.

Coming of Age Story

  • A total of 14 films from around the world have been shortlisted for the Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) -2022
  • ‘Clouds Messenger’ by Rahat Mahajan from Nurpur (pictured) is a coming-of-age story that brings together contemporary and ancient tales

Mahajan’s own boarding school experiences were the inspiration and they also provided the main location for the film together with students and staff from his school, Lawrence School, Sanawar, Kasauli. “My sincere attempt with the film is to marry form with feeling and create a contemporary Indian mythology by weaving the oldest forms of storytelling with the newer one, namely cinema,” said Mahajan, screenwriter. , director and co-producer of the film.

His first film, “Memories of an Apple”, won first prize at the IDPA Film Festival in 2006. He then started working in Bollywood, starting as an assistant director under Vishal Bhardwaj and eventually leading the visual promotions of various movies.

The film shows how the uniform, morning call, order and disciplined life of the prestigious boarding school fail to thrill 16-year-old Jaivardhan, who finds temporary respite in a photography studio.

The photography classes also introduce Jaivardhan to Tarini. Their meeting turns out to fulfill a centuries-old desire, which references a classic Indian tale about tragic lovers and an evil, jealous ruler. As the tale unfolds, the two have fulfilled their roles as timeless lovers in a mythical tale, meeting each other in our day after centuries of nostalgia, and leading to Tarini’s death in this lifetime as well. As the entire universe conspires to break the ancient curse, this story of undying love can only end if Jaivardhan travels to the land of death. – TNS


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