Swarovski’s Passage by Shekhar Kapur and A R Rahman : “Feel aya, boss, feel aya”

Kedar has been one of my severest critics on this blog. And is never never afraid to express his point of view. So it’s nice to see that he really appreciated Passage, a short film I made for Swarovski Entertainment with a score by AR Rahman, and starring Julia Stiles, Lily Cole and Haley Bennet. Here is Kedar review ::
“Dude…just saw PASSAGE…mind blowing visuals…after a long time i saw FEEL expressed visually…
didnt get the story but fortunately saw ur interview on the same web page…and great u were not trying to tell a story…now i can derive my own personal story out of it every time i will see it…
amazing!…
one small point- i also saw the making and in the dance sequence shoot what were you doing running here and there? hahahahhaahaha…were you motivating the actors or were guiding them?…u are just amazing…
please talk more about PASSAGE not in terms of THOUGHT or THEME…but in terms of MAKING!…( how u designed it once the thought was in place? how many days? budget if allowed? shooting ratio? post production? anything everything…i learned so many things just by watching film then interview then making…i always refused to go to film school…because experiences like PASSAGE is like a special course…thanks)
THE VISUALS are stunning…
and this time i was mesmerized by the MUSIC and Sound design…wow…just wow…
i am so overwhelmed that now i dont know what to type…
FEEL aya boss…FEEL aya…
thanks again…”
Kedar, I promise to write about the experience of making the film.

14 Responses to “Swarovski’s Passage by Shekhar Kapur and A R Rahman : “Feel aya, boss, feel aya””

  1. If possible, attach visuals.
    And Yes, Karma bhumi always important than School bhumi.
    Thankyou !

  2. kedar says:

    thanks dude…
    # for those who want to see it, here is the link…
    thanks to Yayaver who posted this link few blogs earlier…
    http://www.passage-experience.com/#/Passage/FullMovie
    ( be patient if connection is slow…let it buffer and load then watch it in re-run uninterrupted)
    # yeah pls do write about the making of experience…as i said its always a great learning process…
    ty…

  3. isabel says:

    how interesting…
    this second …
    where time stands still …
    oh …
    who is here…
    holding me…
    in my breath?
    ah …
    God…
    in silent dialogue…
    a mystical glimpse …
    teaching us…
    to see …
    to sing…
    to dance …
    TO FEEL…
    ah…
    the innocent voice …
    of a magical child …
    in flight…
    tell us…
    tell us more about the PASSAGE…
    the bridge between Heaven and Earth …
    between YOU and ME…
    ME and EVERYTHING …
    from this place….
    with nothing left…
    hummm
    my recent dreams …
    traveling across levels of consciousness …
    playing with camera lenses…
    as if captured by spirals…
    growing inside …
    as angel wings…
    ah….
    the mystery …
    in this dance …
    of the human and the divine …
    while God laughs…
    ah …
    the promise land…
    in the experiences we are given …
    seeking itself …
    in this purity …
    of a still moment…
    with nothing left…
    to talk about…
    hummm

  4. Mee says:

    I saw this film a couple of mnths ago and loved it myself. The most stunning of them all visual delights was the fast motion shoot of water that looked like ice crystals crashing! stunning!And yea the beauty of the film is ones own interpretation- that’s what makes it so layered.
    I also remember there were many of us watching the film in stunned silence and I got asked by SK what I thought of the film so unhesitatingly I gave my pov. After that you shld have seen all others squirming- becos none of them wanted to become small or incorrect in Shekhars eyes – 🙂

  5. brahmastra says:

    Class act, great direction, acting, theatre design, music and visuals. You are probably one of the best directors in the world of fusion. Lily Cole looks like a hot alien from Venus, and Haley Bennett can sparkle one’s crystals anytime. But the plot and script were shallow and fragmented as if the crystals fell to the ground..a bit incoherent, probably intentionally so to cater to the mystery seeking clientele. Nonetheless, a pleasant escape from the shallow crap that is peddled in media on a daily basis that has dumbed down the masses to the level of primates.
    Please do finish up your Buddha movie, do more Hollywood projects and gift the world with some graded stuff.

  6. isabel says:

    hummm
    fragmented crystals…
    flying threads …
    looking for a home…
    glimpses of a visionary beauty …
    passing by…
    as if laughing…
    here I am …
    there you go…
    ah …
    all the same …
    now and then…
    and yet …
    ah the burden…
    so it seems…
    hidden in darkness…
    like an embryo…
    perpetually …
    preparing…
    to break free …
    through passages …
    where agony and ecstasy …
    shyly …
    learn to dance…
    ah …
    images…
    the unbearable lightness of being …
    hummm…
    the expression…
    in film …
    of a mystical dance ….
    nourished by angelic voices …
    while it bleeds…
    hummm
    unable to comprehend …
    the grace…
    flowing …
    at its feet…
    like pearls…
    of God’s tears…
    blessing us …
    on earth …
    hummm
    a thought…
    born…
    so long ago…
    oh…
    is that you???
    yes …
    here I AM…
    ALWAYS …
    ah…
    THE TIME HAS COME…
    how paradoxical it feels…
    and yet …
    how pure…

  7. brahmastra says:

    isabel, you are either in touch with the anandamayi kosha or with some good dope man..or both?

  8. isabel says:

    HUMM
    anandamayi kosha???
    The sheath of bliss, containing the chitta or pure being of … says the dictionary…
    hummm
    ah words …
    feels strange…
    this purity …
    inside a fury…
    where a live volcano…
    become child’s play…
    how can I explain???
    the paradox …
    in lands…
    with no return…
    so …
    oh yes …
    the brief encounters …
    here and there …
    as if seeking some kind of meaning …
    in this purity …
    I have no idea…
    oh…
    my dream…
    2 nights ago…
    finding a child …
    buried …
    under layers…
    of desert lands …
    taking her in my arms …
    without any emotion…
    as if suspended…
    by forces …
    from high above…
    who are you???
    where do you belong???
    what do you need from me???
    ah …
    the depth of desert lands …
    “the bliss”…
    in Gods’ terms …
    so …
    I know …
    while inside …
    ah…
    I often ponder…
    why this agony???
    oh …
    the visitor last night…
    possibly…
    some good dope man…
    hee hee hee
    flying with me …
    across desert lands …
    where I live…
    so very light …
    as if we were made of a moments’ thought…
    oh yes …
    the sudden alchemical transformation …
    deep inside a tree …
    while looking in …
    from the outside …
    oh …
    the tree…
    it feels so small…
    so delicate …
    in the harsh realities of the desert…
    how will it survive???
    and yet …
    as if given a high voltage lens I became aware of a cord of metals intertwined into each other …
    running through its backbone …
    a blending of black and gold colors shining through …
    leading me upwards…
    to its branches …
    where I was met by a garden of crystals and precious stones …
    oh …
    the ecstasy…
    the tears …
    as I recall …
    vividly …
    this feeling …
    this is who I am…
    I feel so small …
    and yet …
    I am timeless …
    oh yes…
    the lens’s focus shifted to the roots …
    look at that …
    they are struggling …
    so very dry…
    twisting to one side …
    as if wanting to run away …
    to hear “the dope man” speaking …
    ” do not fear … all you need to do is to allow the alignment…to straigthen …in the guidance you are given…”
    hummm
    the exquisite tapestry…
    I have seen…
    being weaved …
    ……………
    hard to talk about …
    maybe …
    because ….
    deep inside …
    i feel …
    so very small …
    hummm
    and so …
    a synchronicity ???
    of a dance …
    between anandamayi kosha and some good dope man…
    sounds funny to me…
    thank you …
    as I had decided to stop writing about my dreams …
    at least for a while…
    ah …
    the power of a relentless pursuit …
    where God laughs…
    hummm

  9. AJ says:

    isabel its great to read you …
    You are blessed
    The sage says,
    “keep the pious feelings to thy self, worldly ain’t ripe for them”
    “sacred feelings are best kept secret”
    “nurture your being and help the world”
    Blessed are you

  10. neeti says:

    Isabel, its nice that we are not clones of each other.Others opinion should not decide how you express yourself.

  11. HSK says:

    One thing I find missing in the Passage as an experience is the inability to share it easily with whole lot of people. I see from this blog your push into new media, but the key feature of new media is ability to share. Passage is an amazing experience which needs to be shared and passed along: and as a new media user I want the Power-to-Pass it in a click. Suggest you should enable this on the site, and even add to your blog here. Everytime I go to the site I end up discovering something new (after reading about your reference to the installation I checked that out: stunning & inspiring; thats it). And AR Rehman’s music: I would want world to hear this to know experience his talent, this is much more of him than Slumdog Millionaire. I really have the urge to send it out to whoever i can.

  12. Sashi says:

    Sir,
    Please kindly bring out this wonderful soundtrack of passage. Its truly brilliant composition from arr. Thanks

  13. Surabhi says:

    Dear Shekhar

    Passage:Amazing work of two legendary.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Hrt8nlmakY …

    Regards
    Surabhi

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