Made in Melbourne

Winner of IFFM short film competition from Melbourne, Australia, Pulak Bose talks about ‘The New Sun’ (Notun Surjo)

 When a bunch of friends decide to make a short film, it’s a fun factor but what happens when these home-grown talents win a serious award under the same umbrella along with Manoj Bajpai for best actor and Suriya Sivakumar, Vidya Balan, Pankaj Tripathi etc in various categories at the 12th Indian Film Festival Melbourne Awards, on the 20th of August. It becomes magical!

We spoke to the director of Notun Surjo (the new sun) Pulak Bose winner of this year’s entry from Australia at the IFFM’s short film competition. He tells us this is a great recognition for him especially to be recognised in a platform with the same league of people from the Bollywood industry is truly aspiring for young film makers like him. Bose came to Melbourne, in 2014, working in the IT industry and initially started his version of story -telling with music, photography and videography. His love for cinema started as a kid, exposed to cinema at an early age he grew up loving Satyajit Ray films, which he has beautifully passed on to his young son and wife.

Cinema is magic to him and winning this award encompasses him with that boost of self -confidence; sealing the deal for him and his team that the they are on the right path.

Bose makes an interesting point that story tellers and story- telling is been going on for centuries and the beauty is how to tell a simple story for short films. One doesn’t need to create a three- hour climax, as it’s a slice of a bigger story that takes the audience straight to the climax quickly.

According to Bose the seeds for short films were planted in 2019 when he and his team member Chondryma Chakrobortti went to IFFM 2019 awards night, seeing array of short films they decided to just do it. As we all know how life has done a 360 for all of us in 2020 with lockdowns but for some it’s been unstoppable. Especially for Bose who went and made a film in 2020. His film ‘Tinted’ was chosen as one of the best three films at the lockdown Anticlock’s film makers challenge competition in 2020.

But, 2021 with the start stop and repeat mode Bose and his friends just went on to create a five -minute short, Notun Surjo (The New Sun), a thought provoking, heartrending film revolving around human trafficking, thus fitting the bill for this years’ short film competition’s theme – ‘Modern Slavery.’ Bose thought nothing is more relevant in these times to voice the political displacement, effected by what he saw in the news, the human crisis involving at the borders of Assam and West Bengal. So basically, the movie had very little scripting done. The banter between the main characters Chondryma and Suman actually became the dialogue of the film.

Bose and his team used his garage as a set in Melbourne to create the middle -class house of Bengal in Melbourne, all the props were broken stuff, even a recycle tea cup or a fan was upcycled for the set.

Bose says this is only the beginning for him and his team, a promising future is surely in the making. His next idea is to make another short film with his Win, the ‘Black Magic pocket Cam 60’ at iffm. It is an addition to his collection with the Cannon he is now more than equipped to shoot a story that is decadent.

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2021 Award Winners

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) which was held virtually on August 20th announced, its grand winners for its 12thedition. This year’s festival boasted an impressive line-up of feature and short films from across the cinemas of India. Representing the theme of Diversity through Cinema, IFFM had an overwhelming response from across the globe.

The festival was attended by various dignitaries of Australia, The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Minister Luke Donellan, Minister for Child Protection, Disability, Ageing and Carers, Ms. Caroline Pitcher, CEO Film Victoria and by eminent Indian artists like Anurag Kashyap, Shoojit Sircar, Richa Chadha, Sriram Raghavan, Onir was also the presenter of the awards.

IFFM honored Pankaj Tripathi with the Prestigious Diversity in Cinema Award presented by LaTrobe University. Additionally, Soorarai Pottru walked away with the Best Feature Film and Suriya won the Best Actor award from the same film. Vidya Balan won the Best Actress for her widely acclaimed film Sherni and Mirzapur S2 was given the Best Series Award. Ace filmmaker Anurag Basu picks up the Best Director trophy for the feature film Ludo. The Equality in Cinema Award for Short Film was given to Sheer Qorma, and Best Indie was given to Fire in the Mountain.

Speaking about the winners, the festival’s director Mitu Bhowmick Lange, says, “We congratulate all the winners and their teams for making great films that were loved by the audiences across the globe. It is about time that we have conversations in cinema and about cinema that are not mainstream and biased. It is time to present the diverse sensibilities through narratives that are ground-breaking and all the winners of the IFFM awards symbolize this fervour of thought.”

Complete list of winners: 

IFFM Short Film Competition (Australia) 

Notun Surjo – The New Sun | Directed by Pulak Bose

IFFM Short Film Competition (India) 

MIXI (CHAKKI) | Directed by Jyotsna Puthran

Jury Special Mention: Vikas Khanna for Valley of Fireflies  

Best Feature Film – Soorarai Pottru

Best Performance Male (Feature) – Suriya Sivakumar (Soorarai Pottru)

Best Performance Female (Feature) – Vidya Balan (Sherni)

Best Director – Anurag Basu (Ludo)

Best Series – Mirzapur Season 2

Best Performance (Female) in a Series – Samantha Akkineni (The Family Man 2)

Best Performance (Male) in a Series – Manoj Bajpayee (The Family Man 2)

Equality in Cinema (Short Film) – Sheer Qorma

Equality in Cinema Award (Feature Film) – The Great Indian Kitchen and God on the Balcony

Best Indie Film – Fire in the Mountains

Diversity in Cinema Award – Pankaj Tripathi (presented by LaTrobe University)

IFFM Disruptor Award – Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

Jury Special Mention – Prithvi Konanur – Best Director for Pinki Elli?

Best Documentary Film – Shut Up Sona

Jury special Mention: Nimisha Sajayan: Best Performance (female): The Great Indian Kitchen

(GDI News Desk)