Indian film ‘Painting Life’ by Bijukumar Damodaran was beautiful as a painting. It was about how a journey to a remote village marks a major transition in the life of a successful Bollywood filmmaker. Actor-producer Prakash Bare has portrayed the life of the director in the movie. He has depicted the transformation naturally and realistically. He is sharing his experience of working in the movie.
What was your experience while working for ‘Painting Life?
Doing the role in ‘Painting Life’ was really challenging. It is the story of a Bollywood filmmaker whose mind changes in the span of 3 days. This transformation must seem natural and inevitable for the viewer. It is not easy to execute that. I was confused if I could act as an arrogant commercial filmmaker or a sensitive man. Finally, I chose someone in the middle. The protagonist was a reserved man in the initial portions. Basically, he is a nice person who never got an opportunity to contribute something to the society. It was tough as well as interesting.
We got cast and crew from 10 different states including Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim and Bombay. It gave us more options than working in a Malayalam movie. Working with all these excellent actors was a great experience. Geetanjali Thapa and the man who played Tenzing in the movie were classmates. So, it was like a close-knit family.
Was there any specific element that you found exciting when you read the movie’s script?
There are so many exciting things about ‘Painting Life’. Though it doesn’t have a compelling script structure, it addresses some of the main questions that filmmakers face in our daily life. Which type of movie should we make? Who are our audience? Are we giving an output according to their taste? It is so exciting when we answer these questions through our work. India is the second-largest country in the world in terms of English speaking people. So obviously, English content must come. After Hindi, it is a language that connects to South Indian people. Thus, I was happy to be part of an Indian movie in English language. Mr and Mrs Iyer was a movie which started the trend.
What was the audience response for the movie?
So far, I have received good response. Within 4 months of completion, it was screened in around 13 film festivals. It was premiered in Montreal film festival in Canada. Actually, the script didn’t have the issues about the dams in Himachal Pradesh. It was included when we went there and saw those people who were part of the agitations against the construction of dams.
Which was the best movie that you have watched in IFFK?
Actually, I didn’t get much time to watch many movies. I have watched ‘Crystal Swan’ and it was good. I am trying to concentrate more on Malayalam movies in the festival. It is only in IFFK that we are able to watch some great Malayalam movies. The one which I have watched just now is ‘Bilathikuzhal’ by debutant Vinu AK. The movie has some enticing shots and elements like the life-long obsession of a man. Certainly, there Vinu is a talented filmmaker and he can make great movies.