Altaf Mazid’s Chitra Sutram creating waves
The film industry in Kerela recently witnessed the birth of a new prodigy in the form of Vipin Vijay, whose film Chitra Suthram mesmerised film lovers from all over the country in its debut screening. The film also went on to win the Hassankutty Award for Best Indian Debut film at the International Film Festival of Kerela Awards recently.
Instituted by filmmaker Meera Nair, the Hassankutty Award carries a cash prize of Rs. 50,000. Vipin Vijay, who directed the film, said it was quite nice to win the award and it was even nice for his work to be finally recognised by people in his own State. The film is now on its way to foreign shores to compete in international film festivals.
And if you thought that was all, you are mistaken for Chitra Sutram also bridges an amazing ‘South-NorthEast’ connection. The film is a production of Unknown Films – a Guwahati-based film production house led by eminent filmmaker Altaf Mazid, his wife Zabeen Ahmed and Guwahati-based businessman Susanta Roy.
An elated Mazid said he decided to invest his resources in Vipin after witnessing the passion and flair the director possessed. “Vipin is a private person but after conversing with him a few times, I realised his zeal and dedication towards work. I’m extremely happy and satisfied with the result today. I knew Vipin had the quality to shine in his field. I was always confident about him,” said Mazid. He further added, “He is a different kind of filmmaker who leads a very private life and loves his work so much. He has a deep understanding of his subjects. His work has to go according to his emotions.”
Talking about the IFFK Award, Vipin, who studied filmmaking at Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) in Kolkata, says, “It really feels nice to get such awards. I would like to thank all the people involved with the project.”
An extremely rooted epic narrative, ‘Chithra Suthram’ (The Image Threads), where characters magically appear and disappear sketching the world of three protagonists – Hari, a system analyst and a Net hacker in his own terms known under the nick name of ‘Net Potato’, his Guru (teacher) Black magician grandfather, the evil incarnate, Kunjukuttan Nair, and the third vortex created by Ramani, (enchantress) the “invisible” lady with a scar, a vagabond, a liar, streetwalker and a performer seated mostly on a wheel chair with a web portal of her own, who seeks people to come and watch her performance.
The film has also been selected in the competition segment in the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in the Netherlands, which is one of the larger film festivals in Europe alongside Cannes, Venice, Berlin, and Locarno and in Göteborg International Film Festival in Sweden.
“It’s an honour to be selected in the film festivals in Rotterdam and Goteborg. I’m glad that Vipin’s work has been able to cross the border and bring laurels for the country,” said Altaf Mazid who himself won a National Award for his film ‘Boliya Pitaier Sohoki Sootal’ in 2008.
Earlier, in the year the film was screened at São Paulo International Film Festival in Brazil and in South Asian International Film Festival in New York.