Successful First Public Screening of Private Detective
The first public screening of Rajat Kapoor’s unreleased debut film, Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One (1997) organized by THE MASTERS received an overwhelming response from the audience.
A unique initiative of Drishyam Films, which aims to showcase rare films of India’s finest cinematic talents, was launched in October with a successful first screening of Sriram Raghavan’s Raman Raghav.
Featuring Irrfan Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Ally Khan and Kashmira Shah and Keneth Desai, this is the second film to be screened to a packed house. This was the first public screening of the film after 19 years.
Apart from debuting as a sound designer, Oscar-winner Resul Pookutty also made his debut as an actor in a cameo role in the film.
The writer-lyricist of Masaan fame, Varun Grover moderated the screening and Q & A, which took place on January 27 at Fun Cinemas, Andheri, and was attended by the aspiring filmmakers, cinebuffs and the members of the media fraternity.
Film actors, Kashmira Shah and Keneth Desai were present along with Rajat and Munish Bhardwaj, his assistant on the film.
In an effort to give the audiences and film buffs a unique and enriching cinematic experience, Drishyam Films will continue to host screenings and interactions with noted filmmakers, actors, cinematographers, editors and producers.
Shiladitya Bora, CEO of Drishyam Films says, “Seeing Naseer, Irrfan, Kashmira and the beautifully captured Bombay of the ’90s was an amazing experience for all of us. As Rajat’s maiden feature film, we found a glimpse into how he first embarked upon such a successful and prolific cinematic journey. And after receiving such a heartwarming audience response, we can’t wait to plan the next round of The Masters.”
Rajat Kapoor – “It feels strange because it’s a first film full of holes, glitches, a lot of it is very amateur… But well..It’s my first film.. audience was still very kind I think, some of them said they liked it, that’s good but it’s their critique…many thanks to Drishyam”
Varun Grover – “The Masters is a fantastic initiative. Watching rare films even if somebody screens them on a laptop it will be a big thing, but screening such films on big screen.. Every film lover wants to see films in their original print quality. At the Masters, we get to see films from another time as well as interact with the filmmakers and see them from a different perspective”
Kashmira Shah – “I always wanted to get into films but this was the first film that I signed, I have learnt everything from Rajat Kapoor. It has brought so many memories back, the times of struggle…
I love the idea of The Masters. For me, times have changed a lot. I am doing films as an actor, I’m writing, directing short films so I love something like this because I would like to screen some of my films also, the ones that I have done. I think it’s a very good idea because that way a lot of young crowd, youth and a lot of artists get to see what work we have done years ago which has not been shown to a lot of people.”