|I along with Praveen Morchhale & Bindu Cherungath at Essex Farms, Delhi|
I got a message late night day before yesterday (19th July, 2015) on facebook Messenger 'We will meet tomorrow'; I had to really push and shoo away the darkness out of my bedroom for the first sun rays to hit my window pane so as to catch-up with Praveen Morchhale the talented filmmaker who offered us a beautiful movie 'Barefoot To Goa" which was released on 10th April, 2015. It is the first ever commercially released movie by 238 'Proud Funders' (Praveen Morchhale love to address the contributors as Proud Funders) from fifteen countries.
A similar message and call was received by my friend and colleague Bindu Cherungath (a film critic, blogger and my business partner in Insignia Solutions Private Limited) and catching up with her yesterday in office and waiting impatiently to fix a time and place with Praveen Morchhale was something which both of us wanted to happen as quickly as possible.
And finally we had our rendezvous with Praveen Morchhale at Essex Farms, Aurobindo Marg, Delhi. Praveen is unpretentious in real life like his movies. An unofficial meeting with a cup of coffee which I assumed to end with an hour, beautifully extended to more than five hours with coffee, tea, spring rolls and chilli potatoes served in regular intervals while we savored on his film making experience, his view on world cinema, kind of film makers, different genres of movies, the industry...
As his film 'Barefoot To Goa' is a reminder for us that it is relationships and its values that make our life happy, so is Praveen Morchhale who believes in what he depicts on screen. Praveen believes in conveying positive messages in life. He says why we are obsessed and stuck up with the negativities of life, there is so much positivity in life and why not portray them. Barefoot was a humble attempt in this regard and he is immensely happy to get a wonderful response for his movie and the kind of positive buzz it generated among cinema lovers.
Hearing about some of his plots which are yet to be made into movies and some in the pipeline were quite insightful and inspiring for the kind of message he intend to convey which are so realistic and relevant to the contemporary society. I wish may his craft, passion and astuteness in making socially relevant films be a trendsetter for the industry and the world of cinemas.
His days in IRMA (Institute of Rural Management Anand) as a student, his adventures and misadventures with his gang of friends, how they scored marks and the kind of relations he had with his professors and the late night Hindi poem rendition in the hostel room by one of his professor were all part of this rendezvous. The positive influence of his father
( a medical practitioner) in his life added a very personal touch to our talks.
|Time to bid adieu|
Some days of our life are very special, beautiful, full of new learning and an opportunity for unlearning. It also seems to be specially customized for us only. And yesterday was one of them for me with Praveen Morchhale and my friend Bindu Cherungath. Though, we also missed our good friend Prashanth Sehgal (another excellent filmmaker).
As Paulo Coelho the Brazilian writer says, "When you want something , all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience"; listening to Praveen Morchhale's life and experience was a reiteration and reaffirmation of what Paulo Coelho says.