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DIRECTOR JOSEPH MATHEW TALKS ABOUT BOMBAY SUMMER

Posted by Editor on October 15, 2010 | No Comments

Q1) Tell us a little about Bombay Summer ?
This idea about a film set in contemporary urban India and youth culture was brewing in my mind for quite some time. I grew up in India and spent my youth there. I really wanted to distill some of my experiences and observations while putting it into a modern Indian context . I think young people connect differently in India. There seems to be this intensity about friendships which I think is unique. Maybe it’s because of the very conservative social system we live in.
Q2) How did you get into the creative field and when was the decision made to make Bombay Summer?
I really wanted to do something different after I came to the States. When I was young I never imagined I could become a filmmaker. It seemed so outlandish that I never even thought about it. But I loved photography. And going to university and studying photography was the first step in my journey as an artist.
After finishing my last documentary, Crossing Arizona, I was emotionally spent. I had put a lot into it. The film was very successful. It premiered at Sundance, won awards and got distributed around the world. But I wanted a change from tackling such a heavy topic. Bombay Summer just felt right at that point to pursue.
Q3) The challenges faced in this process and how they were overcome ?
When I went to Mumbai with this idea of making a film, I did not know anyone there. I spent one month cooped up in a hotel room trying to make connections to help me make the film. For a long time, it was a struggle. But once things started happening, it fell into place quickly.
The other big challenge has been distribution. It’s been a battle to get the film seen. I’ve had a lot of success with it abroad. But the film was meant for the young, urban Indian audience. Unfortunately, distributors in India don’t see it that way. I think I’ll wait for a time when there is fresh thinking in India about independent films and the viability of those films in the market place.
Q4) Where do you expect to go with this film ?
Make sure the film finds it’s audience. I think that’s still my responsibility as a filmmaker. We spent a lot of time, effort and love in making the film. The least I can do is to make sure that it’s available for anyone who wants to see it.
Q5) Your upcoming projects ?
An English language film set again in Mumbai. But this time it will be for a world audience. I am also developing an original screenplay set in Tibet.


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