Releasing an Independently Made Film: My Experience with “The Path of Zarathustra”

At the very outset I’d like to begin this write-up by admitting that I am no expert on movie marketing or film distribution, far from it in fact. However these are indeed subjects close to my heart and I am happy that I’m in a position to continuously learn and improve in the same. While I’m partly a media professional as I write for MAM and elsewhere on cinema, I am very transparent in admitting that I’ve always wanted to work in films directly as well. Over the last few years ever since I quit the comfort of a secure corporate career, I’ve tried various routes to break in via both the conventional and unconventional routes. While the prospect of working with a good studio/production house always excited me, considering that the brand in question and the projects associated thereby would help me improve my learning, I realized that it is not easy to break in to that space.Continue reading “Releasing an Independently Made Film: My Experience with “The Path of Zarathustra””

The Path of Zarathustra Movie Review

Cast: Oorvazi Irani, Tom Alter, Rushad Rana, Shishir Sharma, Darius Shroff, Firdausi Jussawalla, Vivek Tandon
Director: Oorvazi Irani.

“The film reminds me of Alice In Wonderland,” I remember the director’s remark about her film in a candid chat, soon after the end title starts rolling. Now I truly understand why Oorvazi Irani relates her debut feature film to the classic fantasy. While Alice In Wonderland is a tale of a girl who falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world and encounters quirky characters. The Path Of Zarathustra narrates the story of a young Parsi woman — Oorvazi (played by Oorvazi Irani) , who embarks upon a spiritual quest after inheriting a mysterious book from her dying grandfather (Tom Alter) and encounters famed spiritual figures of Zoroastrians—Kardir (Vivek Tandon), Zurvan (Shishir Sharma), Mani (Firdausi Jussawalla), and Mazdak (Darius Shroff).Continue reading “The Path of Zarathustra Movie Review”

The Path Of Zarathustra Movie Review: Well-intentioned, But Not Very Well Made

Oorvazi Irani’s The Path Of Zarathustra gets a release this Friday, thanks to the undying efforts of the team and great support by PVR Director’s Rare to back another indie film. The film focuses on the dwindling state of the Parsi community in India, definitely a rare issue touched and raised by its makers. Produced by SBI Impresario, a company owned by Oorvazi’s father, the film has minimal budgets and thus, no real buzz in the market out there. Yet, it has managed to secure around 4 odd screens in Mumbai and is also releasing in other important cities (Delhi,Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore). The Path Of Zarathustra is a well-intentioned film no doubt, focusing on a community that the Industry has only used for caricatures, but despite being sensitive to our times, it ends up being a little misfired in its own right.  Continue reading “The Path Of Zarathustra Movie Review: Well-intentioned, But Not Very Well Made”

‘The Path of Zarathustra’ to be released by PVR Director’s Rare in September

‘The Path of Zarathustra’ is all set to release under the PVR Director’s Rare banner on 4th September. Directed by Oorvazi Irani and produced by Sorab Irani, the movie touches upon the theme of Parsi community and their ancient faith-Zoroastrianism, founded by the First Prophet, Zarathustra. This English language movie will see a release in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi/NCR, Bangalore and Surat.
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The Path of Zarathustra: Trailer

The Path of Zarathustra PosterOorvazi Irani who incidentally also happens to be one of our esteemed authors has now made the transition to directing a feature film with The Path of Zarathustra. The film is in the realm of magic realism and it will be a 79 minute feature in English. As Oorvazi herself says “As a Parsi Zoroastrian film maker, faced with the prospect of extinction, in this narrative film I turn to my roots to ask some questions, seek some answers. As an auteur I also extend my contribution in playing the role of the protagonist in the film. Parsis being the followers of the First Prophet – Zarathustra, the film through a fictional personal quest explores the Parsi Identity through the prism of Zoroastrian history and philosophy. The film is specific yet universal, addressing the theme of God and Religion.”

The film is produced by Sorab Irani, has music by Vasuda Sharma and is written by Farrukh Dhondy. While Sudhadeep Dey is the DOP and Tushar Ghogale is the editor. The film features Oorvazi herself as the protagonist and the rest of the star cast includes Tom Alter, Rushad Rana, Shishir Sharma, Darius Shroff, Firdausi Jussawala, Vivek Tandon etc.

Synopsis
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The making of “The K File” movie – The journey of an Independent Filmmaker – Oorvazi Irani

“THE K FILE” AN ENTERTAINING SHORT FEATURE FILM – ON THE 26/11 JAILED TERRORIST ‘KASAB’ – AN INDIAN DILEMMA – COMING SOON ON YOUR VERY OWN COMPUTER SCREENS on 28th May 2012.

I would also like to formally invite you to “The K File” film page

http://www.facebook.com/TheKFileMovie

‘Freedom’ to me is precious as an artist. Freedom to share, to express without an agenda of ‘money bags’. The freedom to speak the truth, the freedom to probe the truth. Not having to deal with a specific limited kind of audience in mind which you have to cater to. Not being ruled by a studio boss to approve your creative vision. That to me is Independent filmmaking.

So on 1st of March 2012 I set out on making my project a reality. It all started when the story and script of “The K File” written by Farrukh Dhondy (the respected author, columnist ,screenplay writer and erstwhile Commissioning Editor of Channel Four Tv London) was bought to me by my dad, Sorab Irani who is a veteran Producer for more than three decades.

After the euphoria of having freedom to create the film next came the challenge of being able to make a film with our limited personal funds. Arranging the money for it and then getting a professional crew to make the film, not compromising on quality but at the same time not going bankrupt was the thin line to tread.

The film was possible to a large extent because I own the Canon 5D mark ii camera and a sennheiser boom mike with a small beachtek sound adapter/mixer( that fits on the camera) which makes me courageous to take the next step that is putting together the crew to make the film. It was like minded people who had the passion for cinema and believed in the subject who came on board and supported the film with their talent, time and expertise. More about the crew and team in my next post.

I would like to share with you my thoughts about the film with these two video interviews. I look forward to an engagement on the topic and post the film launch ie 28th May 2012 a discussion on the cinematic aspects of the film and would be happy to receive reviews from you all.

THE FILM MAKER OORVAZI IRANI SPEAKS ON THE MAKING OF “THE K FILE’ – AN INTERVIEW.

The K File Movie Interview Part 1

The K File Movie Interview Part 2

Release Date Exclusive Online Release 28th may 2012
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Genre Drama
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Starring SANJAY NATH & TUSHAR ISHWAR
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Directed By OORVAZI IRANI
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Story & Screenplay By FARRUKH DHONDY
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Produced By SORAB IRANI