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The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project

Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project, The (2010) Movie Poster
India  •    •  75m  •    •  Directed by: Srinivas Sunderrajan.  •  Starring: Swara Bhaskar, Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy, Kartik Krishnan, D. Santosh, Vijesh Rajan, Srinivas Sunderrajan.  •  Music by: Sujil Sukumaran.
    In a bustling office in Mumbai, Kartik Krishnan sits behind his desk coding HTML websites when he chances upon a blog on cinema featuring Independent filmmakers. This sparks his intentions to make his own short film, thus leading him to contact Srinivas Sunderrajan, an independent filmmaker who agrees to guide him through the process. As he begins piecing the story, cast and screenplay together, several inexplicable phenomena start emerging in his life including a sinister stalker dressed in official government clothing; and the sudden appearance of a strange future-telling antique toy. Troubled with these bizarre developments and the unresolved feelings that he harbours for Swara, his office colleague, Kartik embarks on an extraordinary journey that transcends love, life and logic itself.

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Image from: Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project, The (2010)
Image from: Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project, The (2010)
Image from: Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project, The (2010)
Image from: Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project, The (2010)
Image from: Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project, The (2010)
Image from: Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project, The (2010)
I saw this one at TIFF (Transylvania International Film Festival), in Cluj Napoca. Every year there is a film that stands out before the others and this time it was, to my surprise, an Indian film.

It's the story of Kartik Krishnan, a software engineer who also manages a movie blog, where he sees a picture of an Indian director with Tarantino. He contacts him and he explains, when they have the meeting, that he's a big fan of Quentin and tells him all the movies he's seen (including Memento which is Nolan's - which was maybe an intentional mistake by the director but I don't care because I don't like either one of them). Anyway, they decide to make a film together, with a script inspired by Kartik's female colleague, which he secretly loves. Nothing special about that, and it's probably for that reason that the director decides to turn the movie around. I won't say more, as I don't want to be a spoiler, but the twist is pretty original and it's definitely worth it. There's also another character which represents the system working against the ones who dare to go beyond the mainstream clichés; and a strange robot which had a peculiar impact on me.

I saw it twice as I do volunteer work for the festival and the second time I had to manage the Romanian subtitles but I could also focus on some details that I missed during the first viewing. Both times the Q&A sessions were very interesting, as the director Srinivas Sunderrajan decided to explain the movie, which was a bold move. I thought I'd be the only one who would like it as I can relate to it personally and it's inspiring for me for a similar project I have in mind; but to my surprised, the rest of the audience, though in small numbers, were very interested in it. The second time he said that he relies on us to spread the word so I'm doing my part by writing the first user review. What's amazing about the film is that it was made using a budget below 1000 $, which shows that everyone can do it without selling out, at least at first when they have no choice. It's in the competition and I hope it wins, because it deserves a prize for a great achievement!


Review by bacterie_19 [IMDB 11 June 2011] from the Internet Movie Database.