Archive for the ‘Pasage’ Category

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.

Voice of an Angel : Kavita Baliga

If you listen to A R Rahman score from my short film Passage, you will hear the most extraordinary angelic voice singing an Aria and touch upon the highest and purest operatic notes. The voice belongs to a young Californian girl of Indian descent, who wrote the following letter to me. Kavita is a member of our blogging community, and is happy with this letter reaching out.
Shekhar,
Thank you for the opportunity to sing in your film and at the premiere.
I was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago and have since been living an “every day could be your last” kind of lifestyle. When I was ill, I told myself I would take every opportunity that came my way, regardless of fear, or self doubt. And I’ve kept my word now, for 4 years. And as the offers increasingly start coming in, my fear of death is slowly subsiding. And as I walk along the narrow, dark path of life that I have led thus far, I am slowly beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And how immensely fulfilling and ironic that my first major international gig is based on a film about self-realization, development into adulthood, and overcoming life’s hurdles.
Thank You.
Kavita