BUDDHA.mov

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    BUDDHA.mov

    Directed by

    India

    2017

    67 min

    • English
    • Hindi

    Documentary

    Documentary turned fiction turned cross media project turned social experiment, "Buddha.mov" follows the life of Buddhadev Mangaldas, a cocksure 29 years old cricketer who plays for Goa. What initially seems to be a classical unidirectional observational documentary of a successful sportsman, quickly shifts into a more interactive piece when the cheerful and at times gullible protagonist of the film begins to linger with the camera, increasingly giving in to his hedonistic ego and in doing so unveiling the most private parts of his eccentric life and multi-layered personality. From racing in his sports car to having sex in public, Buddhadev does all he can to flaunt his celebrity status and director Mehta’s attentive and vitriolic camera indulges his every whim serving as the best partner to fulfil his lust for recognition. Nevertheless the film never takes a critical stand as the director is more interested in studying how the subject interacts with the perception of his own identity and the actions and measures the cricketer takes to match his imagery.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Buddhadev Mangaldas
    Screenplay
    Kabir Mehta
    Cinematography
    Kabir Mehta
    Editing
    Kabir Mehta
    Production
    RESCUERS FILM / META MOTION PICTURES

    Press

    Kabir Mehta

    Kabir Mehta

    India

    Always a devoted cinephile, Kabir was encouraged to pursue filmmaking professionally after unexpectedly winning a filmmaking competition organised by the Delhi University while he was studying Economics. An encounter with director, Ashim Ahluwalia led Kabir to Mumbai where he worked with the filmmaker on feature films as well as groundbreaking avant-garde cinema.
    Kabir Mehta has since gone on to produce and direct his own work under his company Meta Motion Pictures. His docu-fiction film titled SADHU IN BOMBAY premiered at the 29th European Media Art Festival where it won the ‘EMAF Award’ for best film. The film had its North American premiere at Slamdance Film Festival and subsequently won the award for Best Narrative Film at the 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival.
    Kabir’s first feature length project BUDDHA.mov had its world premiere at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2017.
    He is also selected to develop his fiction feature film project, Showdots, at Le Groupe Oust’s LIM platform – the European development programme for limited budget feature films.