By Aryeman Raj
What’s it about?
A filmmaker with a mid-life crisis meets a mysterious young girl who reminds him of his first girlfriend at first, and subsequently, of every woman in his life.
Who is she? Is she real or imaginary? A stalker or a ghost? His past catching up or a character from the script he is writing?
A bold and original take on man-woman relationships, X: Past Is Present is a one-of-its-kind feature where 11 Indian filmmakers with strikingly different cinematic styles have come together to make different parts of the same film. One story told through the eyes of 11 unique storytellers.
Duration: 105 minutes / Language: English, Hindi, Tamil
Made on the typical lines of an international film festival genre, the film takes you on a psychotic trip into the mind of a film director. What all starts on that one night unravels the different layers of the mind-set of the central character.
While only niche audiences would relate to this subject, the effort is commendable. Getting 11 film directors to show different perspectives and blending it into an engrossing thriller is worth watching.
Similar directorial touches in most sequences makes it slightly monotonous. There are loads of over-the-shoulder scenes coupled with static one-frame camera shots with voice-overs. However each director has shown their distinctive style of shot composition and highlighting the actors’ histrionics.
Rajat Kapoor balances his multi-layered role as the film director who has skeletons in his cupboard. Almost all the female leads like Radhika Apte, Swara Bhaskar, Bidita Bag, Gabriella come out with shining performances.
The Huma Qureshi episode is quite a let-down in terms of content. Anshuman Jha lacks the appeal to hold the character of the younger version film director.
The film could get critical acclaim but the box-office numbers could be a disappointment. Only elite audiences would watch it. This film is a must watch for budding film makers.
Rajat Kapoor, Anshuman Jha, Aditi Chengappa, Bidita Bag, Gabriella Schmidt, Huma Qureshi, Neha Mahajan, Parno Mitra, Pia Bajpai, Pooja Ruparel, Radhika Apte, Richa Shukla, Rii Sen, Swara Bhaskar
Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, Anu Menon, Hemant Gaba, Nalan Kumarasamy, Pratim D Gupta, Q, Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath, Suparn Verma
Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, Anu Menon, Hemant Gaba, Pratim D Gupta, Q, Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath, Suparn Verma and Thiagarajan Kumararaj
Directors of Photography:
Anuj Dhawan, Aseem Bajaj, Dinesh Krishnan, Gairik Sarkar, Katyayani Mudholkar, Maeve O Connell, Q, Ravi K Chandran, Sandeep Mohan, Siddhartha Nuni, Sidharth Kay and Viraj Singh Gohil
Sreekar Prasad, Vijay Prabakaran, Vijay Venkataramanan, Biplab Goswami, Gairik Sarkar, Dhritiman Das, Shreyas Beltangdy, Ankit Srivastava, Ninaad Khanolkar.
Post Production Management & Grading:
Pratyush Prakash & Raja Sen
Shiladitya Bora & Sudhish Kamath