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The Making of King Lear
by Sanjay Maharishi
(Hindi, 45 Min)
This film traces the development of director Ovlyakuli and the students of National School of Drama as they interpret the Shakespearean text of King Lear. The film is divided in five parts and seeks to focus in detail the work done with actors, with the script, the sound design and the envisaged set. Since the film was shot over a period of 40 days we the development of actors, costumes, music etc over time. Through the process, we get to see how the director deals with the various issues that come up in the staging of this epic play.
Sanjay Maharishi has been making documentaries and short films since 1991. He is director, cinematographer, editor and sound designer for most of his films. As a cinematographer, he has shot more than 200 odd films spanning a career of twenty eight years. His more recent projects include a series of films on theatre directors for the National School of Drama. These films have been shown publicly in Bharangam Festival in Delhi and other cities, they are also used for teaching purposes at NSD. In 2015 Maharishi completed a feature length documentary on the Jews of Kerala for the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), the film was titled Remains of a Dream. He was also the music director for this film. This film was first screened in IGNCA and then the Chennai International Festival.
His film on the veteran theatre director Habib Tanvir has been shown in festivals in India and outside, specifically the Himal International Film Festival, Kathmandu and Prithvi Theatre, Bombay. The film is titled Gaon ka Naam Theatre, Mor Naam Habib (गाँव का नाम थिएटर मोर नाम हबीब). In 2018 he completed a film on the Nepali writer Asit Rai, the film was commissioned by Sahitya Akademi, Delhi. His short films ontheUdaipur Central Jail and its innovative activities with inmates can be found on his YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/sanjaymaharishi. His film on Nautanki (also available on YouTube) was made for UNESCO.