Who is the looser?

I lost it!

‘Before the storm’, my movie was nominated in top 5 but could not made it to top 3!

So…  it is the end of a 6 months long crazy adventure.

I need some time now before taking any other move.

I am not sad, not even broken.

I think next time I have to work harder than this time!

Here is the pic from the closing function party with Dev Benegal in center and my team.

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Arrange Marriage: My view

I’d like to thank you all for wishing the best for me. Before I say something else, I should clarify that arrange marriages are very much in practice and it is the best way to choose your life partner in India specially when we live in a very cross-cultured nation. India is not just a secular country but the people here speak as many as 25 different languages and more than 200 dialects. All the different cultures and religious beliefs are preserved with their different roots.

An arrange marriage comes with a lot of support from families and values. They work in ways one cannot imagine. I am happy that I am getting married in an arranged way. In my country where all the people are trying to make a nation full of happiness and joy, the woman empowerment is still in development.

There is nothing wrong with arrange marriages as the boy and girl get married only by their wishes. It is just the parents who with the best for their kids and their culture.

Indian weddings are really a BIG party. It starts from the horoscope match and ends with a 3-5 days long wedding function. Yes! I am happy to be getting married to her. And as for the horoscope, it is mainly a match of basic natural properties of the people who are supposed to get married. There are 36 qualities of a person is defined in the marital horoscope of a person. If more then 17 properties match, the couple is supposed to have a happy married life. In my case, mine and Priyanka’s horoscope matched on 24 points. I am sure we both will grow the love that is required for a soul mate.

What happens now that you met each other will you both talk more to get closer to each other before the wedding takes place?

Sure! This is the way and surprises are on for both of us. We have all the stories of our lives. The journey that we were living parallel will now be crossing each other’s path. We have so much to share, so much to ask and so much to cherish about. This is a thing in arrange marriage that we need to discover each other even after the marriage. Phone calls will help break the ice. Friends will start teasing. Parents will ask funny questions and the only reply that mostly come out will be a blush.

There will be a lot to do before the actual marriage. The wedding will be on photographs and video to enjoy all our lives and share with all the friends.

For Indians, a marriage is not just a commitment for a few years. It is a commitment for more than one lifetime (Seven, to be more specific.). This is the faith that you only marry to the one who is made for you. You can never go wrong.

I believe and will love her without asking any questions and leaving behind all mine and her past.

Festival surprises!

Well friends! I am back from home and it was a fabulous festival that we celebrated. We all enjoyed including my family and friends. The biggest Indian Hindu festival of light called Diwali came to an end after 5 days of celebrations on 23rd and finally everyone opened their arms to the Islamic holy festival Eid. India is a secular country and people enjoy all the festival and happiness of cross religiousness. This is an age-old tradition for this nation.

Apart from all the festival activities, all my family members were busy making plans for my marriage. In India arrange marriages are a tradition, which cannot be denied by any youngster (given if he does not want to be marked as a rebel). So when I reached at my parents’ place, I was sure in the eye of the storm. They asked me about a couple of girls and I denied or some family matters never let the things took off from the basic initiative.

(PS: All the happenings that I am going to describe here is a tradition of arrange marriages which is practiced in India since ages.)

And then, they asked me about this girl, who is cousin of my childhood friend. I was uncomfortable as practically they are asking about the sister of my best friend. I knew her since last 10 years. She was almost 11 then. I used to visit her home with my friend just to keep him company and now here was the big deal.

I searched for my friend, Priyank. He was nowhere to be seen. I waited for 2 long days for him to arrive and mean while my family started questioning me about my answer as after that they wanted to match the horoscope (Yeah! Horoscope decides upon the happiness of the would-be couple.). I told them first match the horoscope and then ask me if that goes well! It was a tough task to convince my parents this time around.

Priyank arrived at Sanawad. When I told him that I think I am screwed, he said he knew this since last 1 month (Idiot never told me about what was cooking underneath.)!

And for the decision, he asked me to take a shot if he is not involved. I considered my points and finally asked my parents to go ahead and match the horoscope.

Her father came to my home and placed the proposal in the very standard traditional format in front of my parents. He gave her horoscope to my parents for further actions.

And it matched.

All the friends and families involved rejoiced. But I wanted to talk to her before pushing any matter further.  Priyank’s younger brother Ashwin put her on line and we had our first conversation in almost 3 years. She asked me about her ambition to do the MBA and I said that is fine but as we both are in state of shock, will you help in deciding what to do next? I mean we are supposed to get married! She asked for some time to think and I was hanging somewhere with n number of things in my mind.

On the eve of the day of my leaving from Sanawad to Pune, Priyank called me and said she will come to see me off on the Indore railway station, as she wants to meet me. So was I! On the day, I was late in the first place and there she was!

 

Nervous, shy, trying to be prepared, she was standing with Ashwin who took her to the station. As we knew each other it was not as awkward as it remains with other people who meet for the first time after all the family arrangements.

She had some questions and I had some answers, I had some clarifications and she had some thoughts. And I asked her the million-dollar question!

Will you marry me?
Yes.

I am getting married to her soon. My parents are going to visit her home this weekend for some more traditional activities.

Priyanka Sharma is going to be my wife.

Diwali is coming…!

Happy Diwali to all of you out there! This year Diwali will be celebrated from 19th October to 23rd of October!

On 21st October will be the ‘Laxmi poojan’. The Big Day!

Here I got this new website (Diwali Festival) on internet which I think gives a lot for this festival! Specially the recipies and Rangoli stuff. Hope you all will enjoy this little gift from me this festive season!

Something cooking again!

Everything is running smooth on the eyesight and a new story idea is materializing for the big film in my mind. It is a love story about first love.

A love story when the victims never know what is happening to them. Story of Akash and Tia. One a normal school uniform hater teenager who is supposed to finish his school days in just around a year and the other the cutest girl on planet who meets the world on the face value. With a good family life and lots of joy, for them there are no pains in this world, until one day when love strikes.

To get to know exactly what is happening to them they need some time but time is something that cannot be kept locked when the moments of love and pain took priorities over life and heartbeats.

Young hearts have their own world, own situations and problems to handle. If the life is all about learning and teaching love to each other, this is a story of a life time.

Time to fly!

Finally the sea is calmer and life again is looking for the perfect destination. The journey of dreams is just started. Yes! It started the day I got the camera in my hand. Only a day of October changed so many things. Here is my new identity.

 

Hi, I am Dushyant Kanungo, a film maker and a dreamer.

 

Want to be friends with me?

 

Nikhil is popping up and down since the day of shoot. He is here to enjoy the fruits coming now! A reporter from The Indian Express called him and asked about the film. Poor guy was mistaken as me and after saying a few things he confirmed with the journalist to whom she wanted to talk!

That was a funny scene. Today’s news paper has report and I am afraid it is filled with some gruesome mistakes as my surname is spelled Kanungi than Kanungo! I called the reporter and she said this was not her but editing desk’s fault.

Wait for the 30th is not that cool! I have to go back to Sanawad for the biggest festival of India, Diwali, and without a job and nothing in pocket, it would be awkward.

Ah… time! Please fly!

Hi Friends!

Finally my film ‘Before the Storm’ is complete. It has been a long tough and rough time but the output came out very well. My whole team is happy and we are sure that we do stand in the top three positions. I’d like to thank every one of my friends and well wishers for making my project a success and now I am waiting for the results to come out. The verdict will be out there on 30th this month as the organizers decided to move ahead the function.

We all enjoyed the time we shared on the sets.

Future plans are in the kitty of time!

24 Hours!

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Dushyant Kanungo, director of the film ‘Before the storm comes
24 hours
Wednesday, October 04, 2006 | City
35 amateur film-makers are in the city shooting short films on the theme ‘Laughter and Terror’ that have to be made within a day
Kenneth Lobo
Amidst the unusual rain, pockets of the city Mumbai have been witnessing strange behaviour. From October 1, over the next four days, thirty-five participants from across the country, will be scurrying around the city, shooting films centering around the theme ‘Laughter and Terror.’ If that sounds easy, the movie (including editing et al) has to be completed in 24 hours flat. The initiative is part of an effort by director Dev Benegal of taking filmmaking to the janta.

The motley crew of amateurs include several that gave up careers to pursue celluloid dreams. Like Dushyant Kanungo, 23, who gave up a lucrative web-designing career and chose not to renew his contract, which would have extended his stay in Stockholm, Sweden. “Around the time Fanaa, Krrissh and all these films released, I came across the 24×7 contest on indiafm.com,” he says. Kanungo’s film, Before the Storm Comes, is a tale of a terrorist, who has a change of heart, when he falls in love with a woman during a chance encounter.

The themes of humanity, loss, longing and desire all feature in the director’s debut effort and excitement has crept into his dreams. “I haven’t slept in weeks. The entire film, complete with background scored and titles keeps looping in my mind,” says Kanungo. His lead actor, Vicky Prithwani (Mujju), who plays the role of the 17-year-old terrorist, is another, who has fought against the wishes of friends and family to enter the line. Why would a terrorist go back on his decision? “He is a terrorist by chance, not choice. The crucial moment is when his lady love (Ani) says, ‘If you can’t make someone laugh, don’t make them cry, at least’”, he explains.

The climax (sorry about the spoiler) sees Mujju turn against his brethren; but in a cruel, albeit filmic twist of fate, he’s killed by a policeman (Mr Singh) on his trail, who happens to be Ani’s brother. Kanungo’s themes might seem familiar but there’s nothing of the sort in Mukesh Tiwari’s Raghav, which portrays the life of a man working in a morgue, who cannot relate with people during the day. “He is happy among dead people,” says Tiwari, who has located a morgue in Mira Road, to shoot his film today.

Another out-of-the-box, experimental film, that has excited judges and viewers alike is The Pauses of a Stand-Up Comedian by Aditya Kelgaonkar. The 24-year-old computer engineer’s effort showcases the effect of terror on laughter.

“A stand-up comedian cracks the same joke over and over again. Nobody gets it. In the end he cries, looking at his plight. That’s when people laugh mistaking his tears for a joke,” he says.

At the end of the week, the three best movies and the winners will be awarded at a function on October 9.

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a scene from the film where the terrorist bumps into the woman who reforms him
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Another scene from the same film