But, interestingly, the state of perfection is never absolute. It's ever changing. We can't achieve something and we can't be like, 'This is it! We've arrived'. 'Cause, a higher standard would get set the very next moment and we would start lagging before we even realize it. It's for this single reason that passion gets... Continue Reading →
CRAFT DRAFT – INVOKE LOGIC AS IF IT WERE GOD
Because, like God, logic graces us only at the zenith of severe penance... the penance of very deep thinking! Skip this part and proceed with production... the entire effort nosedives into utter cacophony. Absolutely enthralling landscapes of Kasaragod, the northern tip of Kerala, the endearing local dialect, and the stunning performances, especially that of the... Continue Reading →
CRAFT DRAFT – STARS DISAPPEAR BEHIND THE CLOUDS
Stars do sparkle in the sky but when the vast space gets clouded, they disappear. How apt this simple analogy is to the stars of the filmdom too! When the creative canvas gets clouded by a prosaic and predictable script, the stars don't shine anymore. They even stop being seen as stars. So, the time-tested... Continue Reading →
CRAFT DRAFT – IDEATION OR EXECUTION?
Which is more critical? Ideation or execution? Execution, however perfect, slides into abyss when not supported by a well thought-through concept. Wow... what we see is mind blowing, but where's the story? Equally disastrous will be a situation that's well conceived but poorly executed. The shoddy treatment has totally eclipsed a terrific script. Rarely do... Continue Reading →
EVERY DAY, A BRAND NEW DAY?
Yesss! A brand new day it has to be! How vacuous these words sound... especially for those who have to suffer dreary drill everyday, just to make ends meet. What brand new day for them? Sounds rather elite, this life edict! Made for the elite! But, what stuns me is that strange and almost inexplicable... Continue Reading →
WOMEN’S CHRISTIAN COLLEGE – MICRO FICTION CONTEST
Yet another fabulous experience, interacting with the writers-to-be at Women's Christian College, Chennai, on 24 February 2023. To see 60 of them seated in the spacious, semi-circular auditorium was quite a swell experience. And so was reading their variegated takes on this creative lead. LOOKING AT THE TRAFFIC PILE-UP AHEAD THROUGH THE CAB WINDSCREEN, YOUR... Continue Reading →
STELLA MARIS COLLEGE – CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST
Creative writing just isn't easy! Souls who have tried their hands at the craft will vehemently nod for this simple yet deep truth. Given the fact that we're dealing with a tough craft, what we do to facilitate it becomes so critical... especially in contest scenarios such as the one organized by the Stella Maris... Continue Reading →