From Ahmedabad To Berlin

A postman brings home a letter.His mother receives it.It's a letter from Berlin Film Festival,they want her son to attend the event.

Akash who lives in Housing Board colony in Bapunagar area of AhmedabadGujarat got this unexpected letter which was actually an invitation from BFF asking him to attend the fest because the very first film of his career has been nominated.

After graduation from Gujarat College in Theatre arts in 2008 Akash got his first break as a lead actor in Prashant Bhargava and Jaideep Punjabi's "PATANG"(The Kite),which was shot entirely in Ahmedabad in 2008.The film captures the famous kites festival of Gujarat.

The story revolves around these five people who love kites and take flight to elude the obstacles of everyday life.The film captures their hopes and struggles during the jubilant atmosphere of Ahmedabad's two-day kite festival while exploring the intimate dynamics of family, love and friendship.

In an interview with The Times Of India Akash remembered his first kissing scene in the film."I was made to chew a lot of gum that day.The director wanted it to be a surprise for me as a kiss scene would have scandalised me.My co-actress Suganda Garg was told to cover my eyes before she planted one peck.I stood stunned and was thinking what my parents would say if they saw this.I had to be counseled,"he said.
Suganda Garg

He loved Uttrayan and bunked off classes at Delhi's National School of Drama to fly kites back home at the Gujarat housing board flat in Bapunagar. "It is this love for kites that clinched me the lead role according to my seniors in the film," says Akash.

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JIM said...

Looks like a really interesting movie. I laughed at the story of the kiss, pretty innocent.
It is always great to see a different culture

Mary said...

What a wonderful surprise this must have been and given such a golden opportunity so early in his career! He should be very proud of his accomplishments.

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Abhisek Panda said...

Yes Jim it's pretty innocent....but thats the culture of India.Exploring different cultures is always exciting ☻

Abhisek Panda said...

Yes Mary that's a really big surprise for any young talent and as they say

Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere-Ratatouille

Finding One's Way said...

The best part of the story was chewing gum and preparing all day for a peck on the cheek from a beautiful actress. I love Indian films. Thank you for the Sneak peek. Would love to see it.

sulekkha said...

nice post, imagine the mother's pride and surprise at receiving the letter..enjoyed reading your article Abhisek.

Abhisek Panda said...

@Jessica yes thats the best part of the story.I just love filmmaking.

Abhisek Panda said...

@Sulekha Thanks......the mother won as well.

Motifs said...

This is so beautifully put together,innocence...which everyone likes..its almost like you Abhi...

Abhisek Panda said...

@Motifs Yes Alpana he is definitely innocent.....but not me ☺