january 23-30, 2002
greenbelt cinema 1, makati city
metro manila, philippines
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Won a Special Mention at the ITC Digital Talkies International Film Festival, 2001

ramlila

The legend of Lord Rama and his Vanarsena... the story of the demon king with ten heads and a tale that relates the adventures and misadventures of the exiled prince over a period of 14 long years... 

The story of Lord Rama has enthralled generation after generation of Indians, awing them with its account of the struggle between virtue and vice, man and monster. This film is the result of collaboration between three friends with scant experience in Digital Video. They come together to make a touching and comic portrayal of this festival that surely anyone growing up in North India has been part of at some point in their lives.    

 

The Filmmakers' Note

The Ramlila has been an intrinsic part of our childhood memories. In between the hustle bustle in every nook and corner and at several sprawling grounds, the images from Lord Rama's life - his childhood, his marriage to Sita, the Bali-Sugriva battle and so on; but what thrilled us most was what went on behind the scenes - the 'unseen' was more inviting and fascinating. It was intriguing to watch Sita, played by a man, sitting off-stage and smoking a bidi, and Ravana dancing with Rama on a hit Bollywood number. This film is an effort to relive those moments and bring back those memories. 

Directed by: Subhash Kapoor, Sanjay Pande, Anant Sridhar
INDIA/2000/28MIN/HINDI

 

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