Profiles of Winners

Here is a profile of the winners of 24×7 Making Movies program held in Bombay in October 2006

The Jury selected three films for the main awards:
The films listed in alphabetical order of the maker are:

Anish Soman- JUST A FILM

Anish is our star animator whose ‘Mud Island’ managed to get the attention of the Cannes Committee in the 2004 24×7 at IFFI Goa. This time too he has managed to impress all of us with his simple style and powerful film. He has done his course in Animation from ZICA and ICAAT in Mumbai and though he’s from Kerala he only speaks Hindi! More importantly he has done 2-D animation and says his dream is to make a shift of one more dimension!

Chandrashekhar Kamble- TRING TRING

Chandrashekhar Kamble is a super confident curly haired chap who has managed to make us laugh with his film about a cell phone creating havoc amidst a group of technologically unaware villagers. With a background from JJ School of Art, Mumbai he will take his curly hair and the brains below them to the prestigious Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) where he has finally made it after a very anxious wait of a month.

Mahashweta Burma- GHUTAN

This girl came twice . We saw twice. And she has conquered twice.
She’s all of 18 but her short films are far more mature than what her age would lead you to expect. In the 2004 24×7 at IFFI Goa, it was about the rape of pristine beaches by us who litter it with garbage. This time she has taken on child abuse in a simple, powerful and profound way. A 2nd year BA Program student at the St. Stephens college Delhi this could be the beginning of a great career in filmmaking.

A Special Jury Award was given to:

Md Ali Rukadikar- JUST A MOMENT

In 2004 he made a powerful film about the ravaging obsession for drugs for which he won one of the top awards. This time he has created a truly brilliant concept based film where for Just A Moment two very different lives meet and are changed forever.This tall alternative rock afficionado is now working at a production house that makes advertisements. His fan video for the paki band JAL can be found at YouTube!

In the category 24×7 FREE for people above the age of 24 the Jury gave a Special Award to:

Neha Raheja Thakkar – ERASED

She gave up on architecture to make a decision to shift to advertising. Her film Erased is about a street kid who has just hit puberty and shows his obsession for a heroine on a poster. Neha plans to move from advertising to video art and art installations.

The Winners

Of course everyone who has completed a film in 24 hours is a real winner and Congratulations to all of you.

Our jury of filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, the writers and film critics Nandita Puri, Meenakshi Shedde and Mayank Shekhar selected a few amongst the 30 films.

The Jury selected three films for the Grand Prize:
The films listed in alphabetical order of the maker are:

Anish Soman- JUST A FILM

Chandrashekhar Kamble- TRING TRING

Mahashweta Burma- GHUTAN

A Special Jury Award was given to:

Mohammad Ali Rukadikar- JUST A MOMENT

In the category 24×7 FREE for people above the age of 24 the Jury gave a Special Award to:

Neha Raheja Thakkar – ERASED

Special Screening of films

List of Films made from 1st to the 7th of October 2006 . . .

List of Films made from 1st to the 7th of October 2006

1 Aditya Kelgaonkar’s THE PAUSES OF A STAND-UP COMEDIAN – (13 min 22 sec)
2 Akash Raghani’s MY BROTHER MY TOY – (10 min 10 sec)
3 Alok Seth’s THE ROPE TRICKS – (2 min 57 sec)
4 Aniruddh Swarnkar’s PRASAD KI PUDIYA – (11 min 40 sec)
5 Anish Soman’s JUST A FILM – (2 min 15 sec)
6 Arunabh Kumar’s THE TERRIFIED CLOWN – (11 min 28 sec)
7 Ashutosh Pathak’s LAST LAUGH – (8 min 41 sec)
8 Asif Anis Khan’s GUEST APPEARANCE – (16 min 06 sec)
9 Chandrashekhar Kamble’s TRING TRING – (16 min 50 sec)
10 Dhaval Shah’s LOST & FOUND – (9 min 15 sec)
11 Divesh Lad’s THE SUN – (3 min 54 sec)
12 Dushyant Kanungo‘s BEFORE THE STORM – (12 min 28 sec)
13 Faizan Ansari‘s FACES – (5 min 26 sec)
14 Karan Talwar’s KRISHNA – (4 min 44 sec)
15 Karm Chawla’s EXHALE – (5 min)
17 Mahashweta Burma’s GHUTAN – (8 min 05 sec)
18 Muhammad-Ali Rukadikar’s JUST A MOMENT – (10 min 58 sec)
19 Mukesh Tiwari’s RAGHAV – (13 min 45 sec)
20 Neha Thakker’s ERASED – (8 min 02 sec)
21 Nilesh Ojha’s BANTYA IKDE YE (4 min 42 sec)
22 Prafulla Naik’s GOOD MORNING BAD NIGHT – (14 min 20 sec)
22 Rajkumar Bhagawat‘s THE BLACK CURTAIN – (9 min 38 sec)
23 Rohit Kumar’s MRITAK – (12 min 02 sec)
24 Sachin Bangera’s JUGGLE STRUGGLE – (6 min 38 sec)
25 Sanjay Jadhav’s DED KILO CHICKEN – (3 min 23 sec)
26 Srinivas Mangipudi’s FUNNY BUSINESS – (7 min 38 sec)
27 Tarunabh Dutta’s WHAT IF . . . – (11 min 52 sec)

SPECIAL SCREENING for the Participants

The Special Screening of the films for the Participants and their team-mates is scheduled for 30th October 2006 from 10:30am to 2:30 pm . . .

The Special Screening of the films for the Participants and their team-mates is scheduled for 30th October 2006 from 10:30am to 2:30 pm at Fame Adlabs, Andheri Link Road, Mumbai.

Each participant can collect 10 passes between 9:45am and 10:15am.
Additional passes they will be given on a first-come-first-served basis at 10:30am, depending on the balance passes left.

The films will be screened in the order of the first names of the participants.

Complete List of Films Made

Here is a complete list of films in the order they were made from October 1 to October 8, 2006 !

The Rope Trick by Alok Seth

My Brother, My Toy by Aakash Raghani

Krishna by Karan Talwar

Funny Business by Srinivas Mangipudi

The Pauses of the Stand-Up Comedian by Aditya Kelgaonkar

Just A Film by Anish Soman

Lost & Found by Dhaval Shah

Exhale by Karm Chawla

Before the Storm by Dushyant Kanungo

Good Morning, Bad Night by Prafulla Naik

Prasad ki Pudiya by Aniruddh Swarnkar

Guest Appearance by Asif Anis Khan

Ded Kilo Chicken by Sanjay Jadhav

Raghav by Mukesh Tiwai

Mritak by Rohit Kumar

The Terrified Clown by Arunabh Kumar

The Last Laugh by Ashutosh Pathak

The Sun by Divyesh Lad

Just A Moment by Md Ali Rukadikar

Faces by Faizan Ansari

Ghutan by Mahashweta Burma

Juggle Struggle by Sachin Bangera

What If..? by Tarunabh Dutta

Bantya Ikde De by Nilesh Ojha

Erased by Neha Thakker

Black Curtain by Rajkumar Bhagawant

Tring Tring by Chandrashekhar Kamble

Day 1 Seven Films

Seven films were completed on time. Seven filmmakers were born . . .

Seven films were completed on time. Seven filmmakers were born.

Exhale by Karm Chawla
Funny Business by Srinivas Mangipudi
Krishna by Karan Talwar
Lost and Found by Dhaval Shah
My Brother, My Toy by Akaash Raghani
Pauses of a Stand Up Comedian by Aditya Kelgaonkar
Rope Tricks by Alok Seth

Few tips to the Participants

a few details and some tips for the participants . . . .

Dear Participant,

A note to give you a few details and some tips which I hope will help.


1. We need stamp-sized photographs of your Core Team for the Photo IDs. The Core Team includes – you, your editor and whoever will be assisting you on your edit and needs 24 hours access to the 24×7 Hub at the multiplex.

The Core Team will get Photo-IDs.
The other members of your team will get a temporary entry pass if they wish to attend on a particular day for a short while – the screening of the films etc.
The photographs should be passed on to us at least one day before the workshop date, at the pre-registration counter, between 11am & 1 pm and 4pm & 7pm. The counter will open on 23rd September. Out-of-town participants can hand over the photograph on the day of the workshop.

2. Please email us as soon as possible the names of the members of your team. Please mention the part they play in your team – Director / Editor / Cameraman / Assistant / Scriptwriter / Actor. Also tell us which of them are part of your Core Team and require Photo IDs

EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE – you will work with.

1. Camera: MiniDv Camcorder – Panasonic AG-DVX102B

2. Editing: Final Cut Pro (FCP ) editing software from Apple.

3. The equipment will be at the 24×7 Hub at Fame Multiplex, 24th September onwards.

We do hope you are working on the following aspects or at least giving them some thought.

1. Screenplay – though you have already submitted your screenplay/ script we hope you are still mulling over it.
Think about your characters and characterization; how the screenplay is unfolding; the logic in the story – is the story convincing; has it captured the mood of the story; the beginning, end and climax of the film etc. etc.

2. Music: if you are planning to use music, make sure it is not copyright protected. You are free to even record your music beforehand if you have friends who are musicians.

3. Locations: make sure you have identified the locations – take into account the traveling time. The locations should ideally NOT be too far apart, since the traveling time will eat into the shooting time.

4. Actors/Casting: cast your characters well. Once you are done with casting, rehearse the script with your actors. This will allow you to not only test the ability of your actors but also the effectiveness of your script and dialogues.

5. Time-line: divide the 24 hours between your shoot and edit optimally. Ideally the shooting time should be 8 to 10 hours (including travel time) and 14 to 16 hours for editing (picture edit, sound + music track-laying, titles).
Work out your shoot schedule carefully. The locations you decide on, should ideally be close to each other. to save on travel time.


The Schedule & Final List of Participants

The final shooting and workshop schedule is . . .

Broadly the schedule is as follows
– Workshops . . . . . . . .23rd Sept to 30th Sept
– Filmmaking . . . . . . . 1st Oct to 8th Oct
– Awards Function . . 9th Oct

The SCHEDULE – Workshop and Shoot Dates

sorted by Name

Click here for the exact timings
for the Script Workshops of each TEAM

sorted by Shoot Date

Call for ACTORS

Call for Actors: If you are an Actor and would like to act in one or more of the films . . . .

35 short fiction films will be made
5 films every day for a week
starting 1st October 2006, at the 24×7 Program.

The participants are young creative people, who have something new to say, in a fresh, innovative style.

If you are an Actor and passionate about acting, you may wish to act in one or more of the films.

You would wish to act in these film because:
– the participants are young, up & coming filmmakers, with interesting stories to tell;
– it is an opportunity for you to show-case your talent;
– and if you are a veteran actor, you may wish to support new talent;
– the filmmakers will be mentored by renowned filmmaker, Mr. Dev Benegal;
– each film will be shot in not more than 8 to 12 hours – that is all the time that you will need to commit;
– the films will all be shown on the big screen at the Fame Multiplex as soon as they are made;
– the films will be sent to film festivals, both national and international.

If you are interested, please write back to with your CV and photographs, and we will try and put you in touch with the filmmakers. Please mention ‘Actors – 24×7’ in the subject column of your mail.

The filmmakers will begin interacting with the actors during the workshops, 25th Sept onwards, at the Fame Multiplex, where they will be casting and working out the production details of their films. The exact time and date will be put up on the website.

The films are being made in 24 hours flat – that is about 8 to 12 hours for shooting and the balance for editing and completing the film. The filmmaking week is between 1st Oct to 8th Oct 2006

Films made each day, will be screened the following day.

The entire event takes place at the Fame Multiplex, at the InOrbit Mall in Malad, Mumbai. The films will of course be shot at locations the filmmakers choose – not at the multiplex.

Please go through the rest of the website to know more about the program.

Please Note:
– We are only helping create a platform to bring the actors and filmmakers together.
– The casting is entirely up to the filmmakers themselves.
– If you expect any fees, you may discuss this directly with the filmmakers. However considering that most of them are students, it is unlikely that they will be able to afford any payment.


Note from Dev Benegal to the Participants

Screenplay tips from Dev Benegal . . .

The team at 24×7 has loved your ideas and the stories you want to share with the world.
At this point you must be working on your scripts and polishing your stories.

Here are a few things we’d like you to keep in mind;
I’m going to keep this simple.

1. Please SHOW us what happens.
2. Let us SEE how events unfold in the lives of your characters.
3. If they are happy or sad do NOT tell us they are happy or sad.
4. SHOW us a detail or something that happens to them which conveys this to the audience.
5. Write in the active tense. This will help you.

Keep it simple.

The best entries we have received are the ones where the idea is simple.
Don’t worry. The best movies are the ones with simple stories.

That’s it!

So here’s an example I just made up:

Agastya Sen steps onto the platform.
He looks around.
The station is tiny. The sign reads Madna.
He can’t see anyone.
He’s all alone.
In his jeans and t-shirt Agastya is totally out of place.

But don’t write it like a novel:

Agastya Sen was lost on the platform. He wondered if someone was going to come and meet him. He wasn’t sure how he would get to the rest house. These thoughts overwhelmed his mind.

(I’ve made that up as well and it’s not from the novel. Which is my favourite!)


Please send us your story boards. Not the whole movie just the KEY FRAMES.
They should be small jpeg Not larger than 1024×768 or 720×576.
Send us your script as well.
Tell us what visual style you will adopt.
Will you use paint, crayons, chalk, clay, digital or some new style and technique we have never heard of.

Whatever it is TAKE RISKS. Be ORIGINAL. Do something NO ONE is doing!

All the best,
Dev Benegal