The city of Mumbai is a living film set that provides the backdrop for screen lives as well as real lives to unfold. Certified Universal is a short film that looks at the city’s engagement with the image and image making. It is the omnipresence of the cinematic image and people’s desire to recreate their own personal cinemas that interest the filmmaker, who deconstructs the images of both the city and it’s cinema that have lived off each other for a hundred years.
Certified Universal is part of a multi-disciplinary project titled Cinema City Mumbai, initiated by the Bombay based organisation Majlis, in collaboration with Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai.
About the Director
Avijit Mukul Kishore is a filmmaker and cinematographer based in Mumbai, India. His areas of specialisation are documentary films and collaborations with visual artists on film and video based installation projects. He is actively involved in cinema pedagogy and is co-curator of The FD Zone Mumbai programme. His films as director are To Let the World In, Vertical City, Certified Universal and Snapshots from a Family Album.