Saturday Screening: PITAH, the universal father – A drama in a film
PITAH, the universal father
If mothers are the foundation of a family, fathers are the pillars. This work-of-creation PITAH, an experimental genre mixing Film and Drama (fondly named FiDa) tells tales of three fathers from three literary dimensions.
PITAH – The universal father is an experimental short ‘Drama Film’, produced by Bhavalaya, a Muscat-based global platform for promoting and propagating universal arts in general and India’s varied and rich cultural art forms such as music, drama and dance in particular.
The film highlights the issues faced by fathers and is inspired by three global epics – Mahabharata, Arabian Nights and King Lear.
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Dr. J Retnakumar, portraits the role of the three fathers in PITAH, said, “Our aim was to showcase the fact that the emotions of a father for his children are the same irrespective of cultural, continent and period.”
The film story narrated by Rashmi Sahay, who plays an important character of Sutradhaar takes down to the memory lane of the three characters.
Azra Aleem, hailing from Pakistan and a well-known social worker in Muscat, elegantly played the role of queen Gandhari and Manisha a model, portrayed the role of Draupadi.
The 30 minutes film is directed by Anirban Ray. He says, “Technically we wanted to follow the iconic style of Peter Brook’s King Lear.” He reveals, “the film was shot in a day, but editing took long time.” On the the technical aspects, he informs that the film experiments technically with close-ups, dolly shots, Dutch angles, J-cuts, split screens and breaking the fourth wall.
The film was released on social media platforms earlier this month.
By Vinod Raghavan in Muscat