• Kriti Agarwal

How I Made It: Musings of an Uninspired Artist (2020)

In the midst of the coronavirus-induced lockdown, an artist muses over his lack of inspiration. He is a filmmaker who writes film reviews for a living. Whatever little time he can spare for himself, he uses to write poems, short stories, or to sketch and make short videos. Work from home ennui, relationship troubles, and existential dread make him question his craft as the days pass by with seemingly no progress.

Musings of an Uninspired Artist (2020) is a film that realistically documents the feeling of isolation, lack of inspiration and existential dread that was brought in by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns in early 2020.

74 min | English, Hindi | Indie, Drama | 2020 | 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 - Ronit Jadhav

Why this subject matter for your film?

There were 2 reasons I chose this subject:

1) It was exactly what I was going through.

2) I wasn’t the only one going through it. ​

I wanted to simulate my experience of isolation, un-inspiration and existential dread in an authentic, realistic manner.

Where did you find the story for this film?

We were about a month and a half into the lockdown. I was stressed out from my job, there was a lot of anxiety around layoffs, recession, and the virus. It had been about a year since I last worked on a personal project, and in the midst of dealing with all that 2020 had thrown my way, I realised I can channel this frustration and anxiety through my art.​

While there was no story to tell per se, there certainly was an experience to recreate.

I hope that when people in the future look back to these trying times, my film is among those considered an authentic portrayal of the lockdown experience.

What were the challenges you faced in making the film?

Considering that I made this film with no budget, no cast and no crew, there were a ton of problems that I had to overcome.​