Pankaj Kapoor is now busy shooting for his directorial debut Mausam in Scotland with son Shahid Kapoor. Recently, some Scottish students from Edinburgh Napier University’s Screen Academy have joined the crew of ‘Mausam’.
The volcanic ash clouds erupting in Iceland delayed the shooting of the movie Mausam for more than a month in May.
To celebrate the association, the Edinburgh City Chambers had thrown a reception for the Mausam team and the Napier students. On the occasion, Councilor Steve Cardownie said, “It is very appropriate that the capital of Scotland is going to be the centre of new and better associations between the filmmakers of this and other nations.”
Recently, the Scottish government has introduced its ‘India plan’ to promote association between their country and India. A group of Napier students have already visited the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) Kolkata last November as a part of this exchange programme. The team worked on a script written by them under the programme.
The exchange was planned to reflect the diverse working culture of the two countries. The combined team of two countries worked on a short film ‘Tuki’, which was penned by the Napier students and Bengali actors featured in it. Four Napier students and two staffs worked together at the SRFTI.
Now, four SRFTI students have gone to Edinburgh to assist on Mausam. The story of the movie deals with an Indian boy, who leaves home and girlfriend in Scotland to be a part of the Indian Air Force at the Kargil war with Pakistan.
Currently, the shooting of the movie is going on at various locations across Edinburgh, which includes Portobello Cemetery and Colinton.
Director of Screen Academy Scotland, Robin MacPherson informed, “In November 2008, during our first visit to Kolkata, the association was set. Now, it has flourished to an exciting creative relationship between West Bengal and Scotland, where we can exchange our ideas.
Hopefully, the association will turn out to be a blessing for Indian cinema! — Sampurn