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Acclaimed Independent Director, Tarun Jain, Talks About His New Film, ‘Amma Meri’

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3:39 pm 12 Sep, 2017

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Tarun Jain is a promising independent director whose directorial debut, ‘Aakhir’, won accolades at various international film festivals. The film traveled to over 41 film festivals and won 6 awards under various categories. Tarun started his film career as an assistant director and worked on a number of feature films including ‘Kajarya’, ‘Semshook’ and ‘Pairon Talle’ (Soul Of Sand).
The director is back with his new short film, ‘Amma meri’. The film is an intriguing story of a villager, Balram, who suddenly loses his father, and is left with an ailing mother, Amma. Having lost all his land and money on his father’s treatment, he is left penniless. Strangely, now, the life of his bedridden mother holds the breath of his life.

Watch its intense trailer here:

We got an amazing chance to interact with Tarun Jain and we asked him some interesting questions to know more about his film and his fascinating journey as an independent director.

How did the idea to make a film dealing with the agrarian crisis come?

With over ten years of experience in filmmaking, I had shot extensively in the rural areas of Haryana and UP. I learned that the farmers in these areas suffer a lot due to the agrarian crisis, and also, I had closely observed how their life gets affected by it. Seeing their torment, I decided to make a film on them and bring the true picture in front of all.

 

In ‘Amma meri’, the sound is doing all the work. Why did you choose to keep few dialogues?


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It was a very conscious decision. I believe that the sometimes silence is an honest way to portray a dilemma. Very often, when we speak more, the real emotions take the backseat and words, somewhere, disguise the audience.

Your story revolves around a mother’s character. What inspired you to make her the central figure of the film?

A mother is not just a woman, but an emotion, too. I realized that one of the core emotions of an ailing old mother is that she is always unaffected by what is happening around her. She is busy counting her last days. In this movie, I wanted a central character who is least affected by the surroundings and can still influence everyone.

Anurag Arora has done a phenomenal job. What was it like working with him?

Honestly, I had approached Yash Pal Sharma for the role of Balram, but he wasn’t available. It was Shivam’s idea to meet Anurag sir. When I met him and narrated the story, within half an hour, he said yes. Surpsingly, when we shot the film with him for five days, he became so engrossed in his charcter that it took us a while for us to recongize him. This is the mark of a great artist.

 

 

 Your film recently premiered at the International Documentary & Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) and it received a lot of appreciation. How does that feel?

 It feels really good. Moreover, people also told us that it is the best film of the festival. People really loved the movie. It feels nice to get recognition as a lot of hard work has gone into making this short film. In fact, a lot of problems came while we were making it. We didn’t have enough funds and developing the right sound was a tedious process. Thankfully, we had a sound designer, Shajith Koyeri, who really supported us and did complete justice to our film.

Do you think India has a good market to promote short films?

Yes. As more and more feature films are getting the right collaborators, short films are able to make a good market for themselves. People are putting their money on short films as audience is longing for good content.

Tarun Jain is the director to watch out for!
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