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Amitava, Tagore & a Veg Meat Recipe

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I was making a documentary on Amitava, a transgender, about whom I had read about in some newspaper article. I tracked him down to his office in Zamroodpur Delhi.  Amitava was approximately five feet ten inches tall, wearing ethnic clothes, a kurta with parallels to be specific & carrying a cotton jhola bag. I found his face extremely charming. We found a comfortable corner sipping pheta hua coffee which the office peon served in colorful mugs. He spoke very gently and gave me a short history of his life. Amitava was born a man in a middle class Bengali family…

“MY CUTS REFLECT MY INSTINCTS”

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Editing documentaries When I was told to write my experiences related to documentary editing, honestly I was very excited, as I have never penned down my thoughts on my profession as a Video Editor. In fact, I never thought of doing so. Turning hours of footage into a well-polished film requires creative mind, hard work, complex judgement about what should make it to the final cut and a careful division of technical and creative working between director and editor. This is the most challenging part of my job. But, the most thrilling part as well. Let me introduce myself to…

‘SHERU OF THE STREETS; SHAPING HIS DREAMS’

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Story of a street-child turned image-artist Old Delhi. Chandni Chowk. Tea Stall. By now, you probably have an image in your mind. But wait! Take a deep breath before you start stereotyping. The story here is different; this one is a story of courage, hope, determination, and of dreams – emanating out of the same space; this is about someone I work with now. He is Sheru; an unsung hero like many others out there, an uncommon commoner. When I first met Sheru in the Carrot Films office, he was like any other colleague, who I would greet every morning.…

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