Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

Hello Brijesh Prathap, it’s a pleasure to have you with us for this interview. Congratulations on your award at last season of the “Indie World Film Festival”.

Q: Your new movie is “Yakshi”; in a few words, what is it about?

A: ‘Yakshi’ is a short film about the thoughts of women in the present day of survival. Yakshi is a myth. Its portrayed in the film as a symbol of women’s freedom, moving away from the stories heard in such a frightening form. Yakshi is a short film that points to the timeless challenges of women’s freedom through the concept of Yakshi.

‘Yakshi’ film poster

Q: When did you plan to do this film ?

A: Discussed about the cinema in during the Covid pandemic situation. The script was prepared in such a way that it could be done in that situation and shoot

Q: What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

A: I love cinema. Its my passion. That led to make films. I’m not a product of film institute. And also I have no experience as an associate with other directors.

For me, cinema is something I have seen, heard and read.

Q: What can you tell us about your film work prior to this film?

A: My first independent film directed in 2012. It won several awards that year. Later, till 2021 written, produced and directed in more than 10 short films and documentaries, music albums, social awareness films and ad films etc. ‘Who is …?’ has attention at international festivals in Delhi, Goa, Bikaner and Signs. ‘When do you…?’ acheived excellence certificate by NFDC under Govt of India and it telecasted Dooradharsan. ‘eye’ has been recognized at many international festivals, including in Bangladesh. ‘Bhayabhakthi’ selected for screening at IDSFFK organized by Government of Kerala last year. ‘Chamakte Taare’ in Urdu language. These are the main movies. Directed many ad films with leading artists and technicians.

Q: Can you explain or tell us some of the important elements of this film that makes it interesting?

A: As I said earlier, Yakshi is a myth. The concept is that Yakshi is a woman who travels at night and scares, attacks and kills people. But, from that we presented, she is free to move around at night. She is not afraid to speak loudly. And portrayed very positively as someone who is strong enough to deal with violence and aggression. We see cinema with a good sense of relevance at a time when there are many reports of attacks and insults against women in public and in cyberspace. The biggest challenge was to present the old myth in a way that would convince the audience in a modern context. Surely we have succeeded in that. ‘Yakshi’ has won over 150 awards in India and foreign countries. It was a great pleasure to be recognized by everyone who worked on the film and in front of and behind the camera.

Q: How big was your team and what were the cameras that you used?

A: The film was completed within the Covid protocol. There are only 4 actors in the movie. In addition to the director and cameraman, there were only four people on the crew. The Sony S3 camera was used. We finished the shoot in a day.

Q: Directors (and indeed actors) who inspire you and what are your favourite movies?

A: Films by world-renowned directors such as Kim Ki Dook and Majid Majidi have been influential. I am in Kerala. Of course, Malayalam movies are my biggest inspiration. Priyadarshan’s style of directing, cinematography by the likes of Santosh Sivan, screenplays by MT and Padmarajan have all had a huge impact. Mammootty and Mohanlal, two of the best actors in the world, are the pride of Malayalees. Their acting and movies are a big reason for my film career.

Q: Where can people see your work?

A: ‘Yakshi’ can be seen on the Valencia Media Court channel on YouTube.

Q: What are your future projects?

A: The big screen is the target. Attempts to do so are ongoing. And now doing some short films and ad films.

Q: Thank you for this very inspiring interview, Brijesh Prathap. Here at the “Indie World Film Festival” we look forward to seeing and appreciating your new film productions!

A: Thank you so much for the recognition and encouragement. I’m very happy for your awards. Thanks to all team members of Indie World Film Festival. Special thanks to the organizers for your good communication and this interview. Thank you to honorable jury. It’s a great experience.

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