A true story

Alisha Shinde
Monday, 20 August 2018

Asim Inamdar’s short film Gudiya has been selected as one of the semi-finalists at the 8th Slum Film Festival in Africa

Hard work is the golden ticket to success but along with hard work you need dedication and passion. Asim Inamdar completed his BCA from Abeda Inamdar Senior College, Camp, Pune, however, he was really passionate about telling powerful and life-changing stories. So he joined Indira School of Communication and found his true calling.  

Recently, his short film Gudiya was selected as one of the semi-finalists at the 8th Slum Film Festival in Africa, which features stories from slums, which are made in Africa and other countries. 

Inamdar points out that in total the film festival received 160 short film entries of which 30 were selected for screening. After which 10 short films were selected for the semi-final round which will take place in the last week of August. 

Talking about Gudiya, Inamdar mentions that is a 19-minute short film which brings to light the sensitive subject of child rape. Inamdar says that the movie is based on a true event. “Back in 2012, I came across this news wherein a girl was raped by her father’s friend somewhere in Uttar Pradesh or Madhya Pradesh and the incident really shook me and was etched in my memory,” he says. 

When a girl is raped, the world is not only judgemental towards her but also passes nasty comments about the parents who, in fact, are victims too. “Along with the girl, her parents too go through the trauma which is what we wanted to highlight through the film,” he adds.   

The movie ends on a positive note, wherein the parents of the raped and murdered daughter adopt her orphaned friend. Rape is a heinous crime for which the culprit must be punished but what the film also wants to tell the audience is that they need to accept and embrace the truth. 

Inamdar points out that it is sad to see how girls/ women in our society are treated. “We shouldn’t just be respecting our mothers, sisters and aunts in our family but also others no matter what age or class they belong to. They all have the right to be respected and protected,” he says. He believes that films are a great way of connecting with the audience and convincing them to do good in society, which is why he wants to tell impactful stories through his films.  

Talking about the experience and his journey while making the film, he says, “We had to face a lot of challenges right from finding the right equipment to shoot with to finding people who would fund our project.” After two years of struggle the movie was finally made. Now, when he looks back he feels proud about the journey he undertook and his work. 

Post-production can be a tedious job but Inamdar says he took the entire responsibility and made the entire film work all by himself. “I turned into editor, co-director, executive producer and have also co-written the film along with Mainuddin Jamadar to save on funds. To be honest, I never thought we could pull it off so far,” says the talented filmmaker who has worked for nearly 13 short films in the past. 

Ask him why he decided to send his film to the Slum Film Festival and he says that it is a story that each and every person needs to see to understand the pain what people go through because of such heinous crimes. 

Mentioning the team of Gudiya, Inamdar says that while Azad Tamboli and Anarkali Jamadar have produced the film, Amay Khade has done the cinematography and Balaji Mule was the production head.

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