STRINGS-bound by faith

A Travelouge love story.90min,35mm,1:1.85 aspect ratio,Dolby Digital,Colour,English/Hindi.2006.INDIA.

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Son of a soldier, I was born in Sultanganj in Bhagalpur district, Bihar. My childhood days were spent in an earthy rural life. I was deeply inspired by the rich folk culture of Buddha’s own land, Bihar. Right from the beginning, I Grew up with real images of Melas, Ramleelas, Bahuripiyas, incredible rituals, strong religious milieu and the vibrant Mithila Art. Natural calamities like flood and drought gifted unforgettable images. Changing seasons of rural life on the bank of river Ganga matured into a sense of poetry and language. Wonder years passed chasing steam trains that passed through the fields of my native village. Listening to radio programs made for defense personals was my only window to the outside world. With such a treasure of inspirational experiences a story teller evolved. I am a practicing film maker in Bombay today.

On the name of religion dozens of Hindu hermits in saffron robes angrily burned the CDs and posters of 'Strings'.

Hindu hermits burn the effigy of Sanjay Jha, the director of Bollywood film Strings, during a protest in Allahabad, India, Monday, July 17, 2006.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Director's vision

Stretching the ties that bind...

“Om shabd (word) hi Brahma (divine) hai …shabd aur shabd aur shabd”. These words by the poet Nagarjuna give an immense internal power of imagery that is divine. “Om Bimb (image) hi Brahma (divine) hai.Bimb aur bimb aur bimb.”

It was in the days of monsoon that I conceived the theme of this story which was visually rich & spiritually deep. Being a travelogue film, it is about a man’s journey with the backdrop of Maha kumbh as the setting of the film which is bound in a documental style. The story involves realistic characters and situations but intermittently becomes a dramatic musical with surreal theatricality. Unlike my debut film, in which I had adopted the theatrical approach, this film has a cinematographic approach that fits the story and gives the visual style. I had a great crew and lot of luck. The movie is full of shots that prove it. My music director (Zubeen Garg) is the biggest ‘jugaad’ (the word doesn’t have a literal translation in English, closely it means making a rocket out of a bicycle) who blessed me with his Assamese music compositions.

I want the audience to also feel the event and journey within and also to share the same experience as the character does in the story.

I was seeking an experience of a spiritual journey in the film. The film has helped me to appreciate the fear that is felt by a number of new comers worldwide and to continue to survive as an independent filmmaker.

My aim was to make a beautiful film out of an unbelievably dire existence of support. We pulled in every favor we could get and people were supportive. But I had a true friend Mathew Varghese who believed in me and it is only with his support that I am able to share my vision. “We dare you to dream” is the logo for his Phoenix Productions and he believes in it completely. I vouch he does.

I am content with the knowledge that I have made, with the help of theatrical and sensual honesty, a unique genre film-a travelogue film of 2005 in Bollywood, India.

P.S.
This note will only be complete when I am able to market this film one day..
Journey continues..

I would also like to thank all those numerous individuals whose constant support and enthusiasm kept my vision alive.
To the making of ''STRINGS''we have devoted three years of our lives.Every minute has been worth it!!
Love always.
jhaji.

http://jhaji-jhaji.blogspot.com/

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