IFFI Goa 2018: Ladakhi language film “Walking  with the Wind” Director Praveen Morchale says, “National Film Award motivates us to move forward in right direction”

At the IFFI Goa 2018 in Panaji Praveen Morchalle, Director of the National Film Award winning movie, Walking with the Wind, says, “Winning National Film Award means a pat on the back for us and motives us to move forward”

Praveen Morchhale, Director of the Ladakhi film, Walking with the Wind at IFFI Goa 2018 Panjim. Photo: PIB.

At the International Film Festival (IFFI) Goa 2018, the Director of the National Film Award winning film, Walking with the Wind, Praveen Morchhale said, “The National Film Award for our movie, Walking with the Wind means a pat on the back for us, which motivates us to move forward. All film makers have their own art and craft and personalised way of telling stories. Awards assures us that we are in the right direction, besides opening a wide vista of opportunities for collaboration, co-production and many other things.”

As per the PIB statement, Walking with the wind is a Ladakhi language entry in the Indian Panorama section, competing for ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal for this year. Sharing his idea behind film making, Praveen Morchhale said that Ladakhi people are the most beautiful, humble and content people on the earth. Living with limited resources, rough weather and facing four months of snowfall, they maintain a happy mood. We did beautiful exploration of Ladakh for choosing the cast. We chose non-actors for our script. Role of carpenters, poets and other professionals were performed by local people in the region who were involved in respective professions, he added. He also pointed out that no background music was used in this film. Surround sound along with other natural sounds of winds and water breeze alone were used. Even then, Walking with the Wind bagged the National Film Award for Best Sound Design and Best Sound Mixing.

The story of the film revolves around a ten year old boy, Tsering, who accidentally breaks his friend’s school chair and then decides to bring the chair back to his village through terrains. During these four days of philosophical journey, the boy explores social and political realities of adulthood, Praveen Morchhale explained.

Paddayi is a film made in Tulu language whose dialect is spoken by only 2-3 lakh people, in the coastal area of Mangalore and bordering districts of Kerala like Kasargod. Tulu, a Dravidian language is spoken largely by the fishing community, but there are other communities including Brahmins, who too speak in that language. Tulu is only a spoken language and do not have a script. People with Tulu as their mother tongue speak in Tulu, nevertheless, they write in Kannada or Malayalam. Sharing his idea behind the film, Abhaya Simha said that his film focused on the perishing community system in India. People survive on community living for their livelihood. With the growing ambition and greed in every community, the cracking of community system is reflected in the film. They lose their livelihood in changing political and cultural scenario. Paddayi (western direction in Tulu language) symbolises the westernisation of culture eating the local culture. Involving emotions of ambition and greed, the story is a modern-day adaption of Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth and is applied to Tulu culture of fishing communities in South India.

Abhay Simha, Director of the Tulu film Paddayi at the IFFI Goa 2018 Panjim. Photo: PIB.

Abhaya Simha, while laying stress on Tulu language, also opined that there are many films made in Tulu language. “In 2018, 100th Tulu film will be made. We have tried to understand the dialect of Tulu by living among locals in fishing community while filming for Paddayi.” Answering a query regarding the importance of National Film Award, he said that National Film Awards bring the focus on our films amidst many commercial films.

Paddayi

Paddayi is a Tulu language film, directed by Abhaya Simha. It is the story of Madhava and Sugandhi, a newly married couple from the fishing community in India. Driven by ambition, they bring upon themselves an epic tragedy. It has won award for Best Feature Film in Tulu language at the 65th National Film Awards.

Madhava and Sugandhi is a newly-married couple from the fishing community of south India. Their lust for better life is ignited by the prophecies from the spirit that wander the land. Dinesba, owner of a fleet, gives them new dreams. But when their life was on a new high, he betrays them. Now the couple is determined to take a bitter revenge. The story soon turns into a tale of murder and regrets.

Abhaya Simha , FTII alumnus and film director and screenwriter from Karnataka, won the National Film Award for the best children’s film for the year 2008 for his debut venture Gubbachchigalu.

Praveen Morchhale-Abhay Simha at the media briefing session in IFFI Goa 2018 Panjim. Photo: PIB.

Walking with the Wind

Walking with the wind directed by Praveen Morchhale is a Ladkahi language entry competing in the Indian Panorama and ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal for this year IFFI. The film narrates a story of a ten year old boy’s spiritual journey across the difficult terrain of the Himalayas. The film has received many awards at International Film Festival circuit, from India to Eastern Europe, winning top prize at Rome’s Tertio Millennio Film Festival in 2017, and three National Film Awards– for Best film in Ladakhi, Best Sound Design and Best Sound Mixing at the 65th National Film Awards.

The story of the film revolves around ten year old Tsering living in the difficult terrain of the Himalayas. One day he accidentally breaks his friend’s school chair. When he decides to bring the chair back to his village, the seven kilometres long journey back home in mountainous landscape on a donkey, becomes even more arduous than usual. Chair is the metaphor for the awakening journey, quest for inner truth and reality, which people aspire to find in the adult world.

Praveen is a Film Director and Writer, National Film Awardee, and Photographer and has directed Feature Films – Widow of Silence and Barefoot to Goa.