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Vizag movie maker defines global film

Published May 20, 2019, 4:23 am IST
Updated May 20, 2019, 4:23 am IST
Living Idle is on its way to set a new record as the highest award-winning short film.
P.V.M. Ramana
 P.V.M. Ramana

Visakhapatnam: A Vizag-based movie maker has redefined global films. P V M Ramana, who has so far directed only one short film, Living Idle, has received more than 80 awards for it. Of these, 70 were bagged at international film festivals.

Living Idle is on its way to set a new record as the highest award-winning short film. It has been screened at more than 500 international film festivals, including 280 events in the UK and 156 in the US.


Mr Ramana believes that cinema means visual storytelling.

“The problem is that Indian movies are still following the process of drama, which is based on dialogues. Although we have really good concepts, most filmmakers skip the natural format,” he said.

Mr Ramana insists that new-age filmmakers should break the existing formats.

He recommends that directors should prepare scripts without dialogues.

“There is no need for unnecessary dialogues. If the audience can understand and interpret the scenes on mute, then your film is a global film.”

“Unlike Hollywood directors, the method of pre-visualisation is not followed by Indian filmmakers. All the crew usually depends on the director alone. The film’s team must be clear on the role of every technician and the perspective of every shot while preparing the storyboard itself. Every frame is an art.”

Mr Ramana believes that last minute modifications cause “a waste of time, money, and energy” and if that can be avoided, then we can aspire for the Oscars.

The former student of Andhra University’s Fine Arts Department plans to make a feature film with foreign technicians and Indian artists. The film, which he has titled Mirage, is based on the buried principles of Mahatma Gandhi.

Award winning short film screened at AU

Vizag Film Society, affiliated to the Federation of film societies of India (FFSI), screened an award winning Telugu short film Living Idle at Andhra University HRD Centre on Sunday morning.

The 15-minute short film was directed by P.V.M. Ramana, an alumnus of AU Fine Arts Department. He has been working in the Mumbai film industry as an animator.

He had earlier worked with international film director Shekhar Kapur for 25 years in Mumbai.

Living Idle has already won more than 70 international awards and 10 national awards.

Mr Ramana is not only the director of this film but also its producer and story writer. He has made this short film with a budget of `40 lakh.

The short film is all about a Bengali sculptor who is addicted to alcohol and neglects his family.

The story revolves around human relations and the theory of karma.

Actors Anil Charanjeett and Geetanjali Mishra have portrayed the characters realistically.

After screening of the film, the director interacted with the audience.

He was further felicitated by AU vice-chancellor Prof. G. Nageswara Rao.