A series of two short films.
PAINTER SHRI BABURAO LAAD SAHEB by Richa Hushing & PILA HOUSE, BOMBAY/ MUMBAI by Abeer Gupta, Duration: 00:28 hrs, Language: English, Hindi, Marathi.
The Film portrays the fascinating character of actor, director, cameraman, producer, painter Baburao, who runs 5 Star Acting Class in Asia’s biggest slum Dharavi.
Pila House (hybridisation of Play House) was marked as the entertainment district by the British Govt in 1857, the theatres surrounded on one side by Kamathipura, the red light area, and on the other side by Congress House, the residence of traditional musicians and dancers, including the much romanticised and much abused courtesans (tawaifs), all symbols of urbanisation and urbane entertainment at the beginning of the 20th century. These theatres transformed their fares from variety entertainments to Parsee Theatre to silent cinema to talkies. Some of them still run at least three shows a day. As an architectural piece of layered history, jostling for popular attention, along with the flicks, are structures of religious sites (mazhars and dargahs) in the same compound.
Filmmaker/s Bio Note/s:
Richa pursued a one-year post-graduate course in Direction from FTII. She has worked with Majlis on political video footage archive.
Abeer is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design, and Goldsmiths College, London, where he studied visual anthropology. He has directed several documentary films and executive produced Siddharth, The Prisoner, which received the Critic’s Choice Award at the 2nd Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Gold Coast, Australia, 2008. He is involved in research on visual and material cultures of the Tibetan Himalayas.
Significant Awards/ Screenings:
DIRECTOR PAINTER SHRI BABURAO LAAD SAHEB
• Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival, Delhi, 2010
• Official Selection, Competition Section, Film Southasia, Nepal, 2011
• Official Selection, Prague Indian Film Festival, 2012
(PSBT)Public Service Broadcasting Trust is a non-governmental, not-for-profit trust that has commissioned and mentored more than 500 documentary films with more than 350 independent filmmakers from across India. It has more than 150 national and international awards under its hood. With subjects ranging from social justice to personal identities, PSBT hosts some wonderful non-fiction narratives from India.