S02 E05: Anup Singh


In this episode Neha talks to filmmaker Anup Singh, whose film 'Song of Scorpions' starring Irrfan Khan and Golshifteh Farahani was screened at the 19th Mumbai Film Festival. Listen in as he talks about his inspirations to make film, his method of working with actors, his childhood as a refugee, and his previous film, the much acclaimed 'Qissa'.

01:17 Intro
02:06 Life as a refugee/Watching film at sea
06:28 Cinema as an art form
08:27 Experiences from first film 'Ekti Nadir Naam'
12:37 The crux of 'Qissa'
14:55 Personal history that inspired 'Qissa'
19:32 Making the film in Punjabi/Producer demands/Getting the project off the ground
23:40 Authenticity vs. Experience in fiction
26:18 The importance of being an outsider
29:58 Writing routine
34:09 Preparation for a shoot
35:35 Working with actors/Workshopping
40:29 Collaborations and ego conflicts
41:56 Seeking feedback
42:50 Dealing with failure
43:43 Learning from students
46:36 Next project
47:53 Relationship with Irrfan Khan
49:48 Approach to casting
54:55 Role of music
57:24 Recommendation

Watch the trailer for 'Qissa' here: https://youtu.be/ORO6Zp0oHDU

Watch the trailer for 'The Song of Scorpions' here: https://youtu.be/nBNRAiUcxco

Anup's film recommendation - Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011, Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan): https://youtu.be/4jKgHqU1jrs

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