Sushma Veerappa in conversation with Girish Kasaravalli | 24 September 2017 | Bengaluru
Filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli’s oeuvre spans over decades and he was a leading voice of the Parallel Cinema movement in the 1970s and 1980s. The conversation explores how his work has been shaped against the tide, and what has driven his cinematic practice over the last 40 years, given the shift in scale of production and technology. The conversation with Girish Kasaravalli is an attempt to understand how one can make films outside the logic of the market and how this in turn affects film practice itself.
After a Post-graduate diploma in Social Communications Media from Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai, Sushma joined the CIEDS Collective Here, she conceived and executed a film education programme for school children. Post this experience, she worked as Assistant Director and Scriptwriter with filmmaker M.S.Sathyu for 4 years. She began making documentaries in 1998.
As Producer / Director, her focus has been on documenting the work of grass root organizations working in Karnataka’s remote villages. Her films have been used as communication tools by these organizations to further engage with the people they work with. Her work encompasses a wide spectrum – about people’s co-operatives, leadership imaging as participatory research tool, training modules for blue collar workers, issues relating to water, women and violence.
Her concerns with the city in transition led her to produce and direct her first independent documentary WHEN SHANKAR NAG COMES ASKING. Her last short film SHEELA GOWDA AT BATTARAHALLI CORNER was screened at the 13th IAWRT (International Association of Women in Film and Television) Festival. Along with 4 other filmmakers, Sushma is part of Vikalp Bengaluru, a group which has been screening documentaries in the city since 2005.
A Gold Medalist from FTII, Pune, Girish has made 14 films in a career spanning 4 decades. All his films have won national, international and Karnataka state awards.
He has won the President’s Lotus award 17 times and is the only South Indian Film Director and the fourth Indian Director (the other two being Satyajit Ray Mrinal Sen and Buddhadeb Dasgupta) to win the Presidents Golden Lotus Award four times.
His maiden venture Ghatashraddha had the distinction of being shown in Museum of Modern Art, New York and has been voted as one of the 20 best films made in the 100 years of Indian cinema by the Film Critics and Film lovers of India. His 14 films have picked up 25 national awards 45 state awards and 21 international Awards so far, and the President of India has conferred Padmashri to him for his service to Indian Cinema.