Released in 2017, many people did not see Shuddhi coming. The wonderfully made thriller was a winner at the Box-office and also bagged a slew of awards after the release. The director of this movie Aadarsh Easwarappa mesmerized us with his screenplay and showed why he is a filmmaker to watch out for with a quality output made at a low budget.
Aadarsh is now ready with his second movie “Bhinna” as he sits down for a conversation with Creative Guyz.
1. Shuddhi was liked by both the critics and the audience. This happens to very few movies. How did life change after this success?
After spending close to 3.5 years on the movie, the reaction Shuddhi received did make me happy. Although I do feel the movie could have done better with a wider reach. The movie is still getting screened in a few areas and I am happy about Shuddhi’s longevity. Concerning me, life has not changed much with the only difference being that I have quit my job now.
2. On your journey so far…
I decided that I want to get into movies during the final year of my engineering. Hence, I skipped the campus placements to get a job which allowed me to balance my financial commitments and filmy dreams together. I made a few short films and also finished a course in Los Angeles which helped me with a few contacts. “B.E. Mech” was a low-budget film made by me which taught me the nuances of filmmaking.
3. Kannada Movies which inspired you to take up filmmaking...
Rather than inspiration, a few Kannada movies have affected me as an audience. Bangarada Manushya was one of them. Shankar Nag’s Accident and Ravichandran’s Shanti Kranti were all ahead of their time. Not to forget, Thithi I felt was an Oscar-worthy movie.
4. Your second movie Bhinna is ready for release. How different is it from Shuddhi?
While Shuddhi had a lot of outdoor locations, Bhinna was shot mostly within the confinement of 4 walls. Bhinna is a psychological-thriller which may not be as socially relevant as Shuddhi. Bhinna too has a lead female protagonist.
4. Can we expect movies in other genres from you?
Oh Yes! I like “comedy” a lot. I’d love to do an action film in the future.
5. Your dream star-cast…
I’ve heard a lot about Appu sir and his style of working. He’d definitely be someone whom I would like to direct in the future.
6. Amazon Prime, Netflix and other online streaming services seem to be the future of the visual platform. What is your take on this?
It’s all about the movie-viewing experience for me. You can’t make a movie which is meant to have a theatrical release for a streaming platform. The Sound quality in a theatre and the theatre environment itself is an altogether different experience. However, if movies are done well to suit the streaming services, they can be a useful platform too.
7. If you had the chance to collaborate with an Indian filmmaker, who would that be?
Well, I have not thought much about it. But, Farhan Akhtar is someone whose work I admire a lot. In Sandalwood, I feel Raj B Shetty is a fantastic filmmaker.
8. If not for filmmaking…
The first conscious decision I made about my future was to be a director. So, I cannot think of a different profession. Maybe I could have become a sound designer or an editor if not a director.
9. It is hard for filmmakers to get free time when you are in a project. If you do get, how will that be spent?
Party’s are a strict no-no for me. I have a few close sets of friends whom I hang out with. I like seafood. So, I try to explore a lot of such food joints in Bangalore. Rest of the time, I watch movies.
10. Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Which social media platform is your happy place?
I use FB and Insta a lot. I prefer Facebook solely for my movie promotions. It is a very useful medium for indie filmmakers like me.
11. Any suggestions for aspiring filmmakers…
Anyone who asks me this question, I tell them a little about my journey. For any profession, preparation is a must. I have watched close to 3000 movies in 3 years which really helped me to fine-tune my craft. Struggles are common and it is important that you do not get carried away by success or feel let down by failure.