“If you want to make a documentary you should automatically go to the fiction, and if you want to nourish your fiction you have to come back to reality.”
Jean-Luc Godard

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Delusion (2012): A Short Film on The Millennium Prize Problems by Manendra Lodhi

A Potpourri of Vestiges Feature

A Potpourri of Vestiges was started with the hope of propagating the power of cinema to all the corners of the globe. Since then the underlining purpose of the blog has been to educate the masses about cinema's true potential, especially as a great source of learning and education. And so far the response has been quite overwhelming. When we talk of the 21st century cinema it's almost impossible to overlook the contribution made by the independent filmmakers. Buoyed by their inexorable passion for cinema and undeterred by the paucity of resources, this tenacious breed of artists has been instrumental to the constant evolution of cinema. But, I believe it's the responsibility of all of us, who truly understand and appreciate cinema, to promote this unique brigade of filmmakers.   

Today, I am delighted to present to you a short film by a budding filmmaker named Manendra LodhiA software engineer-turned-filmmaker, Manendra has recently released a short film named Delusion on YouTube. Delusion, shot entirely on Samsung Galaxy S2, is based on one of the Millennium Prize ProblemsAs Manendra so eloquently puts it, "Delusion is a sincere attempt to acknowledge all the dedicated souls who spend a significant part of their life for a quest." Manendra is currently studying Film Editing at the prestigious Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute.

The Millennium Prize Problems are seven problems in mathematics that were stated by the Clay Mathematics Institute in the year 2000 to celebrate mathematics in the new millennium. As stated on the institute's website, "The Prizes were conceived to record some of the most difficult problems with which mathematicians were grappling at the turn of the second millennium; to elevate in the consciousness of the general public the fact that in mathematics, the frontier is still open and abounds in important unsolved problems; to emphasize the importance of working towards a solution of the deepest, most difficult problems; and to recognize achievement in mathematics of historical magnitude." 

As per the norms laid down by the institute, a prize money of US$1,000,000 is awarded to the first person who proposes a correct solution to any of the seven problems. So far, six of the seven problems remain unsolved. The Poincaré conjecture, the only Millennium Prize Problem to be solved till date, was solved by the 2006 Fields Medal winning Russian mathematician Grigori Perelman. 

In Delusion, Manendra presents this quest for mathematical supremacy through the means of his gutsy protagonista young and zealous mathematician who dedicates his life to the cause of solving one of the questions despite being fully aware that his efforts may very well go in vain. In a short period of about 15 minutes and minimal budget, Manendra succeeds in his attempt to capture the constant pain and suffering associated with such a maddening quest while simultaneously managing to pay a tribute to all those who have the courage and gumption to devote their lives to a particular cause. And that's exactly where Delusion triumphs in its attempt to accentuate the true power and purpose of cinema.

I encourage you all to give the short film a go, and please do spread the word around in case you happen to like it.

— Murtaza Ali       

Delusion Trailer


Delusion Short Film

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