Poster Release - The First Look of The Path of ZarathustraA Potpourri of Vestiges Feature
|The Path of Zarathustra - Movie Poster|
Independent filmmaker Oorvazi Irani who has made riveting short films like the intense "The K File" and the surreal "Mamaiji" has recently released the first poster of her upcoming film "The Path of Zarathustra". The poster is designed by Samvida Nanda. The movie stars Tom Alter, Rushad Rana, Shishir Sharma, Darius Shroff, Firdausi Jussawala, and is based on a screenplay by the renowned playwright and writer Farrukh Dhondy.
Now, the poster comes across as a great enigma to me and I think it's by the maker's design. All I see is a dead body being dragged on a stretcher across a barren land. But, is the filmmaker merely interested in portraying the death of an individual? Or, is she trying to draw some symbolism? Does the film deal with the Zoroastrian community - an endangered species of believers? Also, the movie's title has a cryptic feel to it. It uncannily reminds me of the 1883 novel "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" by the renowned German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.
While Nietzsche's celebrated work can best be described as a parable on the "death of God," Oozvazi's film, as can be vaguely inferred from the movie poster above, too seems to be having an intimate association with death. Clearly, the filmmaker is trying to indulge us at an intellectual plane. She is definitely interested in serving her viewers with some serious food for thought. Now, that's what I call meaningful entertainment! I just can't wait to savor this piece of cinematic art. I would like to encourage you all to share your thoughts on the poster. Here are a few pointers from my side (you may come up with some of your own):
i). What do you feel about it?
ii). What does it mean according to you?
iii). How effective do you think it actually is in the propagation of its message?
I quite eagerly await your thoughts/opinions/views on the same.
- Murtaza Ali
About the Director -
Oorvazi Irani, the young and dynamic director of The Path of Zarathustra, likes to introduce herself as an artist at the core of all the roles she plays which include being a filmmaker, a film educationalist, an acting coach, and a film critic. She believes each role significantly gives and takes from the others, creating a new dimension to her work which is challenging and at the same time very satisfying. She is the Director of her home media production company SBI Impresario Pvt. Ltd. incorporated by her father Sorab Irani in 1975. She has been involved with international critically acclaimed film projects and with her company projects - research, production, direction.
- As a film educationalist, she currently heads the subject of film at the ‘SVKM International School’, Mumbai and has been invited by various prestigious institutions to conduct workshops on film appreciation.
- She introduced the “Michael Chekhov Acting Technique” to India with her dvd and also teaches the technique. She has been invited by Thespo at Prithvi, Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute to conduct special workshops on the acting technique and ‘acting appreciation’.
- She has been actively involved in the research and writing of the recent international textbook on Indian cinema "Aan to Lagaan". She has written articles for film magazines, journals and websites including Dear Cinema, Silhouette, Film Buff, Madaboutmoviez. Her company is also the literary agents for Farrukh Dhondy in India.
- She has been the Project Art Consultant for an international art group show “Unity in Diversity” - Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai - 2007
Film Blog: www.oorvazifilmeducation.wordpress.com
"The Michael Chekhov Acting Technique” presented, directed and researched by Oorvazi Irani, Produced by SBI Impresario Pvt. Ltd. - 2011. www.oorvazichekhovindia.com
Conceived, Written, Directed and Co Produced – “Mamaiji” (Grandmother) - 2011
Associate Director "Lord Ganesha – The Elephant Head God." 1997-98
Head of Research and Assistant Director for the travelogue "Ramayana: A Journey." – Commissioned by Channel Four Television, London 1995 -97
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