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Ananth Mahadevan on his award winning doucumentary STATE OF THE ART

August 24, 2012 07:25:18 PM IST
By Rachana Sheth, Glamsham Editorial
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After dabbling in acting, making TV series and directing feature films the prolific filmmaker Ananth Mahadevan has now taken a short route to captivate his audience! Well, the filmmaker has now entered the zone of documentaries. Recently he made his first documentary STATE OF THE ART and even won the best documentary film award for it at the Kolkata Short Film Festival (KSIFF) held in Kolkata. Says Ananth, 'Yes, STATE OF THE ART is my first attempt in documentary.'


Talking about the overwhelming response Ananth says, ''It's nice to know that the world is appreciating a very abstract kind of content ...a very abstract & experimental kind of structure. It's quite satisfying to see the positive results.''

Ananth reveals about the idea of making a documentary. ''Certain subjects just crop up. Sometime you go to the place and what really grabs your attention you don't know. The idea actually seeped in when I visited the city of Madrid, Spain. Interestingly, my trip to Spain was casual one and I didn't even think that I'll end up making something so beautiful.''

''For ages Spain has been known for its different forms of art. So I took an inspiration and made a small documentary on it. The concept was very interesting - the older art of form of Spain. On one side Spain is known for its beautiful artistic work whereas on other hand Madrid is famous for its violent bull fights. So, my documentary depicts the dual nature/two sides of a man - love and violence. I strongly felt the need of highlighting this abstract and paradoxical nature,'' he continues in same vein.

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Ananth has personally shot the documentary. ''It's one-of-its- kind action documentary as I have myself done the photography. However, it was little difficult to shoot with or handle the bulls,'' says the filmmaker.

After being honoured at KSIFF, one does feel that Ananth may further take his documentary to other prominent festivals or show it to Spain. But quite surprisingly, the filmmaker has no such plans. Says he, ''I don't intend to show elsewhere (at other festivals or in Spain). However, the film has been showcased in Pune and Mumbai Short film festivals. The film has also done rounds in the cities like Chicago, Florence and Kerala.''

Probe Ananth about having a peculiar title and he says, ''The title of the documentary STATE OF THE ART, which is usually used in technical & art terms, is an irony on state of the art structure. What we really regard and what art they show.''

Ask Ananth if he has any plans to develop the documentary into a full-fledged feature film and he says, ''I don't think it's the subject which can be explored in full-fledged feature film.'' Though Ananth is quite elated with the response, he is not planning to focus on documentaries/short films at the moment. ''Not at the moment. But now I will start thinking on those lines as well... Appreciation and acknowledgement is always an inspiration for hard-work done.''


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