3 Delhi schoolkids' films make Bafta shortlist

HT Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Nov. 17 -- Three Delhi students - Ishita Gupta (14), Mudit Muraka (15), Sujit Roy (17) - have made it to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards with their films being among 15 shortlisted in the 'Faiths' category. NEW DELHI: Three students from the national capital region have achieved what any Bollywood filmmaker would give an arm for.

Films made by three students - Ishita Gupta (14), Mudit Muraka (15) and Sujit Roy (17) - from different schools have been shortlisted in the 'Faiths' category at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards this year.

The films in this category help demonstrate how stereotypes limit people and how faith means different things to different people. The students were asked to produce a threeminute movie answering the brief, 'Let me show you how my faith inspires me.'

Ishita Gupta's film 'Connecting Cultures' highlights humanity as a unifying force in the world. Mudit Murarka's film 'The Mirror' explores social pressures that affect youngsters and Sujit Roy's film, 'Unsighted Faith' is about the relationship between a teacher and a student.

"Film-making workshops in my school got me interested. I submitted a film last year as well but it was not selected. My movie deals with the stereotypes and social pressure we all face as citizens of the modern world. We're all supposed to work towards being this perfect person with perfect features, perfect ideas and perfect social standing. But I believe the beauty of being human lies in being unique. It's our diversity that gives us colour. And it takes a lot of faith in oneself to stick to one's roots and not forget who we are," said Murarka, a class 10 student from Apeejay School, Pitampura.

Roy is a class 12 student at Apeejay School, Sheikh Sarai, while Gupta in a class 9 student at Nehru World School, Ghaziabad.

The three films are among the 15 that have been selected from over 100 entries that were received from countries across the globe including Philippines, Israel, Mexico and Nepal.

The movies were judged by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, actors Anil Kapoor, Hugh Jackman and Jet Li.

The final results will be declared o November 26. The winner will be flown to London where the film will be premiered.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.