09 June 2013

The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project

The term conflict of interest is being tossed around a lot in the media these days, and I too am grappling with it in my own small way after deciding to write about The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project, a film with a title eponymous to my friend’s name and he himself being the leading man in it. That was not the only problem; I virtually knew everything about the film from reading and hearing a couple of behind the scene stories. So, after a few false starts in writing a formal review I altogether dropped the idea of writing about the film. Then it suddenly dawned on me that this is my blog so why bother about formality and who in the hell cares about conflict of interest.

The film directed by independent filmmaker Srinivas Sunderrajan, it is supposedly the first mumble core film to be made in India.

Here we get a Charlie Kaufman-ish feel with the leading man playing himself and the line between the real and fiction blurs, Kartik who works for an IT MNC and is passionate about films dying to make his first short film based on his own script, for this he meets director Srinivas  Sunderrajan (Vishwesh K), who has recently met Kartik's idol Quentin Tarantino and posted his experience on a blog.

What we get out of this film is that it looks at experimental nature of independent filmmaking (which itself has become a formula of sorts) in a tongue-in-cheek manner with terms like 'larger than life', 'larger than logic' and 'surrealism' thrown in ample doses. In addition, it also looks at the limitations in guerilla filmmaking and the obstacles one has to surmount for ones project to see the light of the day.

Now, after three of making it Srinivas has released it online:

So, see, enjoy and encourage!