Pickle May 2013 Cannes Issue & CII India Location Guide

India@Cannes 2013; CII Indian Film Locale Guide

India is the guest country at Cannes Film Festival 2013. Indian locations, Studio films, new talent making a buzz, here is Pickle's take on engaging with India at Cannes. Also CII's India Film Locale handbook

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FIRST LOOK @ CANNES Jal: Water is Thicker than Blood Girish Malik Director, JAL girish@clapstem.com Jal is a story of people whose lives revolves around water, says director Girish Malik. The first look of the film will be revealed at Cannes. A special screening is planned for selected international guests. The film will be released in India this July What has been Clapstem's journey? What made you to do the Jal movie? Clapstem has been a creative workshop since 1996. We were earlier into television where we produced lot of path breaking fiction and non-fiction content. I was also directing many of the shows. Having produced over 1000 hours of TV content, we ventured into film production in 2010 and launched our subsidiary - One World Films Pvt. Ltd. Jal is our first feature film. I initially wanted to make a documentary on the birds of India with a special section on flamingos. I was travelling around the country with my writer Rakesh Mishra with whom I have co-written the screenplay of Jal. We invested many years doing the research and made numerous trips to Kachchh .During these trips; I was completely enamored by the mystic charm of the place and people there. There are so many interesting stories lying around in the interiors of our country which deserve to be told. I decided to tell the story of these people. From a documentary, it turned into a short film but the scale of the story is huge and so eventually it turned into this epic entertainer- Jal. 51 pickle entertainment biz guide You have been working on Jal for couple of years? How has it shaped? Who is your international distributor? Jal is a film that will always be very close to my heart and I am not saying this because it's my first movie. It's a very soulful film and I feel anybody and everybody would find an emotional connection with the film irrespective of age, geography, gender or social strata. To develop the story itself, a lot of indepth knowledge was required about the environmental issues, ecological imbalance & the place and people we were going to talk about. Once the writing was in place, we needed to validate things. Even though we have taken a few cinematic liberties visually, you need to know the rules to break the rules. After all the work and research, I was very clear about how my film is going to look. But I was still waiting for the correct sounds to come to me. I did not start the film till I found the sounds that belonged to that world I was going to create. The film has an incredible music score by Sonu Nigam and Tabla maestro Bickram Ghosh. They have used a mix of Indian and international sounds with lots of percussion. LIKE PICKLE IN FACEBOOK www.picklemag.in

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