Anup Singh in Conversation with KM Kamal

Anup Singh in Conversation with KM Kamal

Anup Singh in Conversation with KM Kamal

“Indian films follow a fixed formula, but I don’t”: Anup Singh

Anup Singh (Director, ‘Song of the scorpions’), at the Nila theatre during his conversation with filmmaker K.M Kamal, said that the Indian films follow a fixed formula these days. “The story begins, the obstacles follow, they are overcome, and the goal is reached, as if the goal was always waiting for you. I wanted to do something different. Reason and logic work in the realm, but it is the imagination that brings one to the world beyond”, he said in the conversation section as part of the 22nd International Film Festival of Kerala.

Anup singh ‘a man of journey’, feels that, for many people, Journey is not always a choice, but a necessity. ‘Who is not a refugee on this earth?’ This is a question he always carries with in him. He feels that journey makes one confront the border and the idea of boundary. Growing up in East Africa, Anup Singh felt that he had lost his cultural roots and that he did not belong there. It was at this time that he watched a retrospective of Ritwik Ghatak’s films in Paris which led to him make his first film.

He sees Quissa as belonging to its times. In the initial years of his life in India, he was unaware of the many divisions in the Indian society. The film was a result of the unease that he gradually felt at the divisions in the society in the society that were becoming more intense.

For him, film is the only art that makes us confront our sense of time and space. He believes that even if we are forced to breathe in poison we don’t have to breathe out poison or hatred. There is a way of healing and that is what his new film ‘The Song of Scorpions’ is about. He finds the format of the folktale suitable for his films. It is the unexpectedness of folktale that attracts him. For him, Cinema is a creative medium that enables one to talk about multiple truths.

DIRECTOR ANOOP SINGH IN COVERSATION WITH K M KAMAL

Anup Singh also said that there are many truths, and not one. He opined that we live in a world where we are taught to separate the body and mind but one should celebrate the whole spirit. “All art forms and universities practice that, so as to exercise control of others’ bodies and thus their minds” he added. He explained that a folktale is always about layers.

“One moment you are what you are, the next moment, you are gone. We need to take time, and look, and appreciate. Don’t look, use, and go on, but be enchanted with every single thing in life” added Anup.

DIRECTOR ANOOP SINGH IN COVERSATION WITH K M KAMAL

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