'This is a Labour of Love' - The New Indian Express

'This is a Labour of Love'

Published: 17th April 2014 01:33 PM

Last Updated: 21st April 2014 11:46 AM

Wielding the megaphone for ‘Liar’s Dice’ was not an easy task for Geethu Mohandas. Certain parts of the Hindi outing, which was an exacting tale of a woman’s journey, were shot at the rough terrain of Himachal Pradesh. Now the 61st National Film Award declaration is a double bonanza for the director and the crew of the movie. The debut feature film of Geethu won two awards for the best actress and cinematographer for Geetanjali Thapa and Rajeev Ravi respectively. 

Geethu Mohandas is elated on winning the recognition and she says, “I feel very happy. The award is a recognition for the diligence of the team. We all toiled hard, and this is a labour of love.”

The film is about Kamala, played by Geetanjali who embarks on a mission along with her young daughter and a lamb. Kamala’s journey from her sleepy village to the bustling Delhi to find her missing husband forms the crux of the movie. Chitkul, an unexplored hamlet located in the Indo-Tibetan border, was the major location of the film. Geethu says the shooting days were the arduous most. “We worked in the most inhuman conditions. There was landslides and we met leopards on the way to the location. There were times when we had to wrap up the shooting early because of the weather,” she remembers the challenges met during the days of shooting.

Geethu is all words for the contributions of her husband and co-producer Rajeev who won recognition for his dexterous camera work.

“Rajeev worked in an amazing way. As a wife, I am particularly proud of his achievement because even though his body of work is huge, he grabbed his first national award for my film,” says a beaming Geethu. She is equally proud about Geetanjali who was awarded for “merging completely into a role and looking the character to perfection”. The director described her heroine as an ‘intelligent actor’ and the most talented artist of the industry film. “Geetanjali has already proved her mettle through films like ID. The actor is  at present in Istanbul promoting the film in festivals,” says Geetu.

Meanwhile the film is continuing its successful journey in the festival circuits around the world. It has already been screened in 17 festivals and and will be screened in many more. It won Special Jury Award at Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria, recently and will be soon screened at Munich festival.

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