Pushpendra Sing and his film Lajwanti
What inspired you to make the film?
I was interested in dealing with the folk aesthetics of Rajasthan in a film and this story written by the legendary writer of folk tales inspired me to explore and experiment with that form. The story also connected to me on a personal level.
How important are international filmfestivals for Indian filmmakers like you?
I feel all venues including international film festivals which are ready to screen independent voices in filmmaking are important for film makers like us. Otherwise, it becomes so difficult to screen such films in a mainstream space.
Which films and filmmakers have inspired you?
I have studied in a film school where one learns to appreciate diverse voices in film making. So, for me the list of film makers and films which have inspired me is long. Satyajit Ray, Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson, Victor Erice and Mani Kaul interests me a lot.
What are your comments on the recent trend in which women are playing leading roles in Indian cinema.
I feel your stories reflect the way you see people in the society. But largely mostly our films still objectify women and we do not see strong women characters in our films. But at least, there is a beginning now which is encouraging.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about films from India?
The biggest misconception is that they are only about song and dance. The other misconception is that films come out of Bombay, the so called bollywood film industry. India’s film culture is as diverse as the country itself.
What are your future plans?
I am working on my next feature which explores how myths are formed in a child’s mind and how that changes his world. I am also working on a documentary project dealing with the shifting musical traditions of the Manganiyar community in the desert in Rajasthan. I’m looking for producers and collaborators for both the projects.