Alfonso Cuaron feels ‘blessed’ to have followed Chaitanya Tamhane’s process on The Disciple

Alfonso Cuaron feels ‘blessed’ to have followed Chaitanya Tamhane’s process on The Disciple
By: PTI | Los Angeles |

September 16, 2020 3:20:22 pm

Disciple filmOscar-winning filmmaker Alphonse Curon supported Chaitanya Tamhane’s disciple as an executive producer. (Photo: Reuters, Joel C. Ryan / Revision / AP)

Oscar-winning filmmaker Alphonse Curen says that Indian director Chaitanya Tamhane has young “masters” who tell the story, paving the way for cinema.

Tamhane met Cern through the Rolex Mentorship Program, while the Mexican director was working on his 2018 black-and-white multiple Oscar-winning classic Roma and shared ideas for his second film, The Disciple. Quaron was so impressed that he decided to support the film as an executive producer.

“Just the process of looking at it created something that I wanted to see in my mind to come together. I was glad that I was able to follow their process.

The disciple follows Sharad Nerulkar (Aditya Modak), an Indian classical singer who tries to achieve holiness in his work, as he is raised on the stories of his father and master about mentors of the past. But as the years pass, Sharad will be forced to negotiate between the complex realities of life in contemporary Mumbai and his chosen path, allowing him to find his true voice in music and life.

Curron, 58, said that her motive behind supporting Tamhane for the film was to connect with young filmmakers who have a different voice. “You grow up following the old masters. There is a point at which you need to start connecting with the new masters. Not only are they carrying the torch, but they are also making new streets of the cinema.

“If you want to remain relevant, this is an act of selflessness. Otherwise, you end up repeating the same old bull ** t against moving forward,” he said.

The Marathi language film recently won the Best Screenplay Award at the Venice Film Festival and also received the prestigious FIPRESCI Award by international film critics.

It was the first film in India to be selected in the main competition of a European film festival. That last film was 2001’s Meera Nair’s Monsoon Wedding.

The film has also been selected at the Toronto International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival and New York Film Festival.

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Shishya is the 33-year-old Tamhane’s second feature film, after her 2014 long-awaited film Court, which was also selected in the category Origins (Horizons) in Venice. Tamne won the Origontoni Award and Luigi de Laurentis for the film.

In an interview with PTI ahead of the film’s Venice premiere, Tamhane had said how Quaron helped him be more fearless in expressing himself. He said, “He was enthusiastic about me in realizing my vision. He always encouraged me and helped me aim for the sky and not compromise.

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