From stories on sperm donation to terrorism, Shoojit Sircar is a believer of good stories and is unafraid to experiment with genres. Annie Philip caught up with him at the 15th Mumbai Film Festival, where he is jury president for a short films section.
You are the jury president for the Dimensions Mumbai section (a short film competition category open to Mumbaikars under 25 years). Could you tell us something about it and the criteria used for judging?
With MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Images, the organizers of the festival), every year I have been watching films. This year they asked me to head the jury for the Mumbai Dimensions section. We finally selected four of them. For criteria, we looked at a few things. One was topic - what is the new and innovative way they approached the topic, which was Mumbai. The second was the treatment given by the director. The third was the technical aspect, which includes cinematography, music and performance. We also looked at the subject, seeing what subject they had chosen under the topic Mumbai.
It was difficult to select the prize winners for Dimensions Mumbai. We came to know so many things about Bombay through these films; I mean I have been here in Mumbai for 12 years. There's good talent and good films. The filmmakers are under 25 and have picked different kinds of films, some are fiction, some infotainment, and some have a documentary treatment. These young filmmakers are starting to think differently. MAMI gives them a platform where people get to see their films. The cash prizes are also a good incentive for these filmmakers.