Shooting During The Pandemic Was A Herculean Task: Shalini Shah
National award-winning filmmaker Shalini Shah is excited about the release of her first feature film. She comes from Nainital and in 2001 she won the highest award for her documentary from the Land of Buddhism to the Land of Buddha.
“I started as an assistant director with film Naseem and then decided to get into documentary making. From the Land… was also selected for Message to Man Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia. These awards motivated me to come up with more documentaries like Drishti Anant, Parvat Se Parvat Tak, and others. My work kept me grounded and very near to the roots of my country,” says Shah.
Shah feels that it was not easy for her to venture into this area two decades ago. “But then, it’s never easy for women anywhere. Thankfully, I was able to do what I had conviction in. You can say it was tough when I started but finally now I can see light at the end of the tunnel. I am glad my feature film Samosa and Sons is completed and now streaming on OTT.”
Shah shot the film in Uttarakhand during the pandemic. “Shooting during the pandemic was a Herculean task. Right from getting rooms, stay following Covid-19 norms, getting all main actors were from Mumbai to Mukteshwar was a difficult job. But then, filmmaking is about management. I tried to deliver my best with whatever resources I had hoped the audience will enjoy the comedy with a strong social message,” she adds.
According to Shah, the film is a satire on hypocrisy in our society and speaks of human desires. The film, written by Deepak Tiruwa, stars the versatile actor Sanjay Mishra and other famous artists such as Brijendra Kala, Jeetu Shashtri, Meera Suyal, Rachna Bisht, Minal Sah, Neha Garg, and others.
At the premiere talking about the film, Sanjay Mishra said, “Last year we were all amid grave pandemic phase and the situation was very unpredictable none of us knew what will happen in the future but thankfully things have started to streamline. This film is a beautifully woven story of emotions and reality.”
The film was premiered in Mumbai in the presence of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari as the chief guest.