“Kashmir – No more a troubled paradise” says Film maker Anand Gupta

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MUMBAI- When Life teaches one his Last lesson, who stands for whom? Anand Gupta produced short film “The Last Lesson” is a fiction on modern day relationship, commitments and conflicting psychologies. Directed by Sanjib & Sumit Banerjee, this film revolves around the concepts of love, loyalty & lust. Produced by Anand-Dipanyita Creations under the banner of Unity Creations with story and screenplay by Sumit Banerjee, The Last Lesson is a short film that highlights the issues faced by modern couples in today’s times. A sensitive sensuous film, this is Anand Gupta’s debut and has Dipanyita Ganguly, Nelufar Reza, Garima Agarwal and Sanjib Banerji in supporting and pivotal roles.

Talking about his debut film, Anand Gupta says, “Well, we were toying with this idea of making a film with Sanjib and Sumit when this plot struck us. I was excited right from the word go and have put in my 100% to give my best shot. Same goes to say of my co-stars Dipanyita and Nelufur without whom I would not have been comfortable doing some real intense scenes. In all, I am happy the way the film has shaped up.”

According to Anand, making a short film is not that easy as one might think it to be. On the contrary, it’s more difficult as many investors and producers refrain from investing in short films since they don’t have a market place for recovery. At the same time, the story has to be gripping enough. “Even we were facing the same problems and thus decided to produce it ourselves. However, things might change in near future as even many big directors like Sudhir Mishra have got into short film making. He recently teamed up with his muse Chitrangda Singh once more after Inkaar to make Kirchiyaan, a 13-minute short film which was released online.”

Going by statistics available, on an average, 2,000-odd short films are made in India annually. “However, some of these films are not shown anywhere. It is very unfortunate. Hence, we have planned a pan India presence by going to all short film festivals and showcase our film. At the same time, we have targeted major international festivals abroad and have sent in our entries there as well,” Anand says.

Talking of his future plans, he is planning to co-direct a Kashmiri film that for the first time will neither talk about the Kashmiri Pandit problem or the trouble in paradise. “However, it will highlight the fact that Kashmir is no more a troubled paradise and is a visitor’s delight”, Anand signs off.

By- Siddharth Mohan

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