Subhash Ghai takes his ‘Tuesday’ to CannesMay 23rd, 2009 - 4:31 pm ICT by Sampurn Wire
By Joginder Tuteja
Last year, Neeraj Pandey directed ‘A Wednesday’ had shocked the nation by it’s contemporary theme, execution and an ultimate box office performance. Turning out of a cult film, ‘A Wednesday’ had dealt with the issue of a common man being trapped in terrorism. Circa 2009 and a film called ‘Tuesday’ has been made on a similar theme, that of terrorism. Incidentally, the film is being presented by none other than Subhash Ghai. In fact the film has also travelled to the Cannes Film Festival which is currently on though not much buzz has been created about it’s entry.
Informs an insider from Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International (WWI), “The school is in fact showcasing films made by nine of its students at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. The films will be shown at the Short Film Corner. ‘Tuesday’ is one of them.”
A 20 minutes film, ‘Tuesday’ is based on the backdrop of the terrorist attacks which took place on 11th July 2006. The film was made at a shoe string budget of mere Rs. 5 lakhs in spite of being shot at busy locations like the Mohammad Ali Road and VT Station in Mumbai. Touted to be a mix of reality with fiction, it is said to be the first film to have a 4 minutes long single take shot on Mohammad Ali Road. Shot on a high definition camera, the film has been made in sync sound.
‘Tuesday’ is a film revolving around the character of Farhan, a 22-year-old University student, who time travels 22 years from the future to the year 2006 in order to avert his father’s untimely death. Farhan’s aim is to stop his father (Junaid) from boarding one of seven trains that were to be bombed on the suburban railway in Mumbai on 11th July, 2006. He eventually does meet his father and follows him all the way to the railway station. To his horror though, he realises that his father turned out to be none other than one of the seven terrorists who planted the bombs on the trains!
‘Tuesday’ has already seen a DVD release on a couple of world cinema DVDs like ‘Jean De Florette’ [Winner of Best film, Bafta awards] and ‘A Judgement in Stone’ [Winner of Metro Media, Toronto Film Festival.
Produced by Vishal Gandhi, directed by Jogvinder Khera and presented by Subhash Ghai, ‘Tuesday’ stars debutant actors Akshat Trivedi along with Garauv Ghatnekar in the title role. -Sampurn Media
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