A first in cinematic history: Singaporean filmmaker helms movie featuring eight Indian languages
Stay tuned for “Kathaah@8”, a film anthology of eight different stories all happening at 8pm. The film by independent Singaporean director Shilpa Krishnan Shuklaa is a first in cinematic history, featuring eight Indian languages. “Kathaah@8” is premiering on Saturday (Aug. 31) at the Singapore South Asian International Film Festival.
The premise of “Kathaah@8” is creative and diverse, centered around the number eight. The collection of eight different stories set at 8pm showcases the talents of director Shilpa as well as 18 first-time Singapore-based actors.
The actors, varied in their roots and backgrounds, were able to deliver an impressive range of Indian languages.
Viewers can expect to hear Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Telugu and Tamil featured in Shilpa’s “Kathaah@8”.
Shilpa, who hails from Kerala, India, came to Singapore in 1998 on a scholarship to study at Raffles Junior College. She shared details of the making of the film in an interview with CNA Lifestyle.
Photo: Independent Singaporean filmmaker Shilpa Krishnan Shuklaa/Kathaah Productions Facebook
Shilpa told CNA that recruitment for casting was done via Facebook. She then grouped those who signed up into categories based on the Indian languages they could speak.
Shilpa created custom scripts for each “team” of language speakers, noting that the choice of languages was attributed to “the actors and the languages they could speak.”
While Shilpa was unfamiliar with some of the languages, she enjoyed the challenge of featuring them in her movie.
“Kathaah@8” is the Singaporean filmmaker’s fourth feature film. Shilpa, 37, proved that she was up to the challenge of directing the film, all while juggling motherhood and work as the area marketing head for adult nutrition brand Ensure at Abbott.
Shilpa noted that the film was produced on a “micro-budget of S$18,000” and was a difficult logistical ordeal.
Shilpa had to shoot the entire film over nine straight nights, because each of the stories happens at 8pm. She said that the cast and crew “really stretched ourselves”, adding that the editing for the full film took 10 straight days to complete.
Shilpa’s casting process was an interesting and simple one, with the director remarking that she either casts friends in films or she cast strangers and turns them into her friends.
What is “Kathaah@8″ all about?
“Kathaah@8” will be premiering on Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Singapore South Asian International Film Festival. For more details, visit https://www.sgsaiff.com/. /TISG
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