In Pursuit of Passion
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For writer-filmmaker Vijay Singh, passion is the real investment in filmmaking
I am a talkative man, so let's talk," says Vijay Singh as he takes off his corduroy jacket to chat with an audience that is visibly moved by his film, Jaya Ganga. Screened in the city a few days ago courtesy the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, the film marked Singh's directorial debut 16 years ago. The film is based on a novel of the same name, penned by Singh, who is in his sixties, 27 years ago.
Based in Paris, Singh, a filmmaker, screenplay writer and novelist, has written and directed four acclaimed films. Jaya Ganga, his first feature, ran for 49 weeks in the Paris cinemas before repeating the feat in the UK. This was followed by another hit, One Dollar Curry. His documentaries, including Chami and Ana the Elephant (L'homme et l'éléphant) has been aired on nearly 100 television channels worldwide. His latest film, India by Song, won the Best Documentary Audience Award at River to River 2012 — Florence Indian Film Festival in Italy.
With four books including Jaya Ganga, In Search of the River Goddess, La Nuit Poignardée, Whirlpool of Shadows , and The River Goddess under his belt, Singh is now working on a project based on Whirlpool of Shadows. "It's called The Opium Symphony and we are in talks with Fox," is all he divulges. Cinema, he feels is full of challenges. "It's not as profound as theatre or literature. These two are the real carriers of human life, the two stairwells to heaven," says this philosopher who keeps his life simple but manages to add a startling depth to his characters and stories by venturing into the territories of hyper reality, a world of images and surrealism.
Jaya Ganga, too, walks this hemisphere, with Jaya as a mysterious element and protagonist, Zehra, (played by Smriti Mishra) signifying the senses and Ganga, the timeless spirit. "How do you constitute a lie or truth? How do you put together thoughts and frames? Films do not capture reality but put together the pauses, makes a