Thiruvananthapuram: Written and directed by Rahul Riji Nair, MJ is the only Malayalam film to secure its place into the top ten of 50 Hour Film-making Challenge a contest organized by India Film Project India Film Project.
Asia’s largest filmmaking challenge IFP is an annual contest where filmmakers from across the world are given a theme and a compulsory element based on which they are to conceive and make a full-fledged film in the next 50 Hours. This year, the competition featured 640 Teams from 182 Cities in 18 Countries and the results were announced on September 26, 2015.
The seven-minute film narrates the story of a young girl who needs to take an auto back home at odd hours and reveals how she manages to pull a safe journey. It was ranked 9th in the challenge which was judged by a distinguished jury which included prominent Bollywood directors like Ketan Mehta, Onir, Raja Sen and Guneet Monga (Bollywood Film Producer and Co-Founder of Sikhya Entertainment).
“I feel absolutely delighted that our film which was born out of pure passion for the film medium has made it big in IFP. It is overwhelming to have the film picked out by filmmakers like Ketan Mehta,” says Rahul Riji Nair, a marketing professional who has a stack of award-winning Indie short films to his credit.
He has been brought to the limelight for his documentary “The Human Boundaries”, which was based on the life of Hindu refugees from Pakistan and his comic short film, Malai Kofta which is an experimental take at how a single word can evoke different reactions different individuals.
Produced by Sujith Warrier under the banner of First Print Studios, MJ was written in accordance with the guidelines which asked for a twist at the end and a compulsory dance element. The film was edited by Appu Bhattathiri who has edited mainstream Malayalam films, the cinematography was executed by Vinayak Gopal and the background scores were composed by Sheron Roy Gomez.