India Film Project’s newest initiative, Talk Shop, is all set to launch on June 9th. In a country celebrating cinema, where we praise our movie stars, much has not been said about the person who puts in his sweat to make a film happen.
In an endeavor to explore the real heroes of cinema, or as we say – the heroes who make heroes, India Film Project brings to you a talk show with some of the best film directors of the country. The first season will entail guests such as Sujoy Ghosh, Abhishek Chaubey, Shakun Batra, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Rahul Dholakia, Ram Madhvani, Shashank Khaita, TVF for which shooting is completed and Ashutosh Gowariker, Dibakar Banerjee, Hansal Mehta and Vikramaditya Motwane for which shooting will commence soon.
The purpose of Talk Shop is to introduce these directors to masses. Usually, a film director only comes in front of the camera during their film promotions. As we put it – we don’t get stars, we get star makers. Not only will each episode include casual, fun conversation, but it will also be rich in knowledge about what goes on behind the scenes of a movie as well as the process of its creation.
The show is divided into four segments, namely ‘Build a scene’, ‘Getting real’, ‘Rapid Fire’ and a game segment that involves handing out awards, remaking existing films and more. The first season consists of 10 episodes conducted in English, each lasting 20-25 minutes.
A key element of Talk Shop is that it presents the creativity of these Directors to its viewers through the segments conducted on the show, such as ‘Build a scene’ which requires the guests to come up with a movie scene impromptu based on a scene, prop and character provided on the spot. IFP has chosen to air this show on the web as it is deemed to be a much more convenient platform, especially to a target audience aged in their 20’s.
Ritam Bhatnagar, founder of India Film Project and Talk Shop, quotes”Each year, more than 30,000 people participate in our festival and make thousands of films in 50 hours. These participants have always written to us about their curiosity in interacting with established filmmakers and knowing more than just their wiki pages and promotional interviews. We thought, if not us then who?”
The show will be aired online on IFP’s YouTube channel every Friday at 4.00 pm. The first episode of season 1 will commence on Friday, 9th June at 4pm.