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How I Made It: Crisis (2021)

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Kamlesh Acharya is an Engineer-MBA by qualification, a copywriter by profession, a film-maker by ramification, a writer by passion, a thinker through introspection and a seeker through meditation.

He is also an award-winning playwright, a play director, an actor, a lyricist, a scriptwriter and a content writer who left a promising Business Consulting career in Dubai (after having worked with the likes of KPMG, Oracle and Emirates Airlines) and returned to India to explore the full potential of the stories that he wanted to tell.


His latest short film 'Crisis' explores the story of a corporate high-achiever who returns to her village in India after losing her job, and a lot more in New York during the Subprime Crisis. There she bumps into her simpleton village friend, who enthusiastically engages a reluctant her in a curiously inane conversation which ends with an unexpected epiphany moment for her.

15 Mins | Hindi | Drama, Comedy | 2021 | India


In its persistent mission and zeal to promote good cinema, the Indian Film Institute brings you the experience of the Director of the film - Kamlesh Acharya


When and why did you choose filmmaking as your career?

I had been toying with the idea of film-making for quite a few years. I dabbled into various aspects of film-making like scriptwriting, acting, joint directing, etc. until 2018, when I seriously started approaching people for making the short films that I wanted to make, so I could tell the stories that I wanted to tell.


Where did you find the story for your first film?

My first short film ‘Maasumiyat’ was a two-line poem I wrote in 2004-05, when I was working with Oracle. In fact, it was repeatedly nudging me to be made visually. Slowly the visual form grew on me and I realized that a 2 minute film that allows me to make all the mistakes I wanna make and still learn filmmaking would be a great starting step. And so, ‘Maasumiyat’ was conceived. The fact that it won ‘Best Children’s film’ and got me a Silver Award for ‘Best Debut Director’ in some film festivals was pure bonus.


What has been the journey like after your first film?

Challenging but exciting. But God has been kind. The first two poetic montage films were so strong at the writing level that more and more experienced people wanted to work with me. Some helped in kind while some friends started providing monetary support so I started making better and better films, I think. ;-) … the wink is important.


Tell us something about your latest film – Crisis I wrote ‘Crisis’ as a short play in 2012 during my KPMG days in Dubai. Since then this play has been very well received in Dubai and various cities of India. Bengaluru folks have even translated it into Kannada and they perform it often.

Actually, the story is so simple yet powerful, life transforming and much needed in these trying times, that I went ahead and shot it. The awards are supporting my confidence that it’s a good film.

It’s a very simple village story. A corporate high-achiever returns to her village in India after losing her job, and a lot more in New York during the Subprime Crisis. There she bumps into her simpleton village friend, who enthusiastically engages a reluctant her in a curiously inane conversation which ends with an epiphany moment for her.