The Short and sweet with Anurag Goswami
Good news knocks Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), as another of its students has won an important award. Anurag Goswami who was an FTII direction student of the 2006 batch, has won the Satyajit Ray Foundation’s short film award at an event which was held in unison with London International Film Festival. His student diploma film was named ‘Kaun Kamleshwar?’, and the award goes to this film as it consists of great storytelling & characters and is cinematic. The humorous film is about two brothers who are returning to their village to get rid of a trouble. But fate has something else in store.
According to Goswami, since 60 per cent of the shoot took place on the road, it was easy getting the permissions for the shoot, but tough for controlling the traffic. “It was quite funny as we were trying to stop trucks and so on, so that the necessary shoot could take place, as we wanted. We also went on exploring places around the shoot.”
He is amused at the fact that the award has been given one and half year after the diploma film was made and he is out of the institute, working in Mumbai. “When you hear of a large number of people watching your film, it is a satisfying experience. Right now, I am working on my feature film and also writing dialogues for it.”
It is interesting to note that Goswami is a software engineering graduate from Singapore and was working there for some while as a business analyst. It is also quite intriguing to know of what made him turn to film making and FTII. “When I joined FTII in 2006, there were not many such institutes and I did not know where to jump, honestly. I do not have a film background and so a basic education is needed here. I did search for a couple of institutes abroad, including Singapore but they were too expensive. Also, I want to make Hindi films and for that, you need training from that place.” As an institute, he credits FTII for teaching him whatever there was about film making. “All institutes have good and bad things. And everybody goes through it. But the advantages outweigh the weakness in this case.”
He has not yet thought of the kind of films he wants to make. “How things shape up are not in one’s control. There is a larger force working here. But I would like to make films with dark humour or satire which are my strong point.” He has won a cash prize of 1,000 pound and the film has been specially acknowledged by the jury members of the Fujifilm Indradhanush Film School Competition in 2012.