Death Offers Life - last moments of Vincent Van Gogh a Film Written by Madhu R won Best Short Films award at Cinefern Film Award and Competition's March 2020.
The Film is about The story is the fictional account of the last five minutes of the acclaimed painter Vincent Van Gogh who was a failure in his lifetime. Death has come to take him and makes an offer which Van Gogh rejects and accepts the hands of Death gracefully.
I live in the city of Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Have been writing for thirty two years. Have published two Malayalam novels and two English books. "Death Offers Life" is based on my story 'Vincent Van Gogh meets death' from my book "Glimpses of life through Cobweb".
Interview With Madhu R
Q: What is the basic Idea Behind the film?
Madhu R: A gifted artist is ignored in his life time, but at the same time his art is getting accepted after his death. This irony is the idea behind this film.
Q: How do you handle the Pre-Production, and Post Production?
Madhu R: I am the writer and producer of this film. I had two rounds of live discussion with the director Saheer Abbas and his team. Numerous talks were held over phone with him. All post production works were handled by the director in which I had no role.
Q: What do you do to stay calm during Production of the film?
Madhu R: This is my first film. I had confidence in the director, gave him the script and money and also some instructions regarding the picture quality/camera of the film. As I had confidence in Abbas I was able to stay calm.
Q: What sort of stories excites you?
Madhu R: Crime stories with full of suspense. Nothing sells like crime.
Q: Do you think all the good stories have already been made into a movie?
Madhu R: No, many stories are still in paper. Money is the main constraint.
Q: While casting for your film you prefer to cast a well known face or any new face which fit the character?
Madhu R: A well know actor costs a lot of money unlike a new face. So it depends on money. A well known actor gets easy acceptance with the viewers whereas a new face may not pull audience. The risk remains the same.
Q: What is the most enjoyable thing about Production of the film?
Madhu R: Producing one’s own script gives a great satisfaction. You are making a film of your own idea.
Q: What is the best possible way to promote your film when you are on a tight budget?
Madhu R: Getting awards from festivals is one good way. You can promote the film with the wins on social media. People may take notice of your film.
Q: When your next film is coming and what is it about?
Madhu R: I have written four scripts. All are for shorts ranging from 3 minutes to 20 minutes. Three of them are in Malayalam and one is in English. The title of the English script is “Charles Chaplin vs Charlie Chaplin” in which Charlie Chaplin comes in two roles. They are having a talk about Hannah Chaplin, “their” mother. I don’t know when this will happen as money is the main obstacle.
Q: What advice do you want to give to the new and upcoming filmmakers?
Madhu R: Go for subjects/stories that have a global appeal. Man is the same all over the globe, so finding a common thread is not that difficult.
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