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Science is the spirit of filmmaking – Varun Mehta
Talented animation short filmmaker Varun Mehta has done it again. His latest short film 'A Dream that Defined Science' has been screened at the 7th National Science Film Festival on 17th of February at Kolkata.

Not only this, his film won the top nominations at the Festival. The film received favourable response from audience and critics alike. Moreover, it was also praised by Bollywood Ace filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar who was present as the Chief Guest at the Festival. Varun plans to release the film shortly on YouTube. We interacted with Varun for a brief chat.

*Congratulations on this new achievement.  How was your experience of the whole event?

* It was great, truly fantastic. I am really thankful to Vigyan Prasar which is a government organization that is responsible for conducting the festival. It was an amazing feast of superb films from all over the country and also an opportunity to meet gracious personalities related to film world.

* Tell us about your film 'A Dream that Defined Science'

* It's a short film that targets science as a subject and tries to erase the fear of children that deals with it. Children, in particular are afraid of science as a subject as they think it's quite difficult. As a kid myself, I couldn't enjoy science because I was involved with the idea of learning rather than acquiring the knowledge of the subject itself. This film's concept is to gain the knowledge that science offers. A fictional character comes in the dream of few school kids who are planning to appear in the science test the next day. The character joyfully teaches them the value of the subject and enlightens them. The children understand the concept of science and perform well in their tests the next day.

 *How was it meeting with Bollywood film director Madhur Bhandarkar?

* It was amazing. He is such a warm personality. We went up to pose with him for a group session with all award winning filmmakers. After the group session, I shook hands with him and shared a warm hug. He appreciated my work. Although I couldn't get much time to speak to him, but nevertheless it was such an honour to meet with a national award winning director and maker of some great hard hitting realistic films.

*How do you see science as part in filmmaking?

* Science in itself is a tool in filmmaking. Whatever the technique involved in filmmaking has science. When it connects with human ideas and concepts, creativity is born and you get an amazing film being made. However, there is a dearth of films that involve science which is related with general interest. Hopefully, we can expect a change in future also the efforts to hold such film festivals on Science needs to be applauded as well.

 

*Social Media these days has caught up with almost everything. Then why film festivals do not take its advantage?

* Film Festivals target niche audiences. Also that is the job of the organizers. It's their call. Filmmakers can create buzz for their films on their social profiles but frankly not every event is targeted on Social Media. I for myself am not a social media junkie either. I just use it as a tool for sharing about my work or whereabouts that's it. Although I do agree that it can help to create exposure but that depends on your convenience and arrangements. To each his own.

 *Tell us something about your future projects?

* I am working on an environmental film. After that, I will make a comeback in animation with a short film soon.  There are some more projects in pipeline.

We wish Varun the best of luck.

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