A young man muses on the nature of love, recounting three relationships from his past. The girls in his life resemble three different seasons, namely Chaitra (Spring), Varsha (Monsoon) & Seeta (Winter).

Credits

  • Deepak Reddy: Director, Excuse Me, WTF, Hide and Seek
  • Deepak: Writer, Excuse Me, WTF, Hide and Seek
  • Shilpa Gajjala: Producer
  • Harikanth Gunamagari: Producer, Lipi, Arupu, Rangadeva
  • Viraj Ashwin: Key Cast, “Surya”
  • Drishika Chander: Key Cast, “Chaitra”
  • Valli Raghavender: Key Cast, “Varsha”
  • Prithvi Sharma: Key Cast, “Seeta”

Specifications

  • Project Title (Original Language): Manasanamaha
  • Project Type: Experimental, Short
  • Genres: Romance, drama, experimental, comedy
  • Runtime: 16 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date: January 29, 2020
  • Production Budget: 4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin: India
  • Country of Filming: India
  • Language: Telugu
  • Shooting Format: Digital
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Film Color: Color
  • First-time Filmmaker: No
  • Student Project: No

Director Statement

“Manasanamaha” roughly translates to ‘Salutations to the mind’ in Sanskrit. The film is an ode to the process of making memories and how they define our perspective. In order to communicate this to the audience, I chose to narrate this story in the first person perspective over the usual third person perspective. Of course it would be biased, but I felt it would also make it more human, full of errors and emotions.

When I started visualizing the film, I wanted it to have its own language, be it the structure, compositions, colours, cinematography, editing or even the narrative. A lot of work went into the cinematographic and sound editing techniques to evoke the sense of nostalgia the character feels while reminiscing. Use of a custom-made helmet rig for the POV shots helped set the tone, as did the fluid watercolour shots to bookend the different chapters of the story.

The idea at the heart of this film is that the endings of love stories can be happy or sad but the beginnings are always happy. With this in mind, I decided to literally narrate a story in backwards to end it on a happy note.

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