Rukshana Tabassum chats about her National Award-winning movie that teaches acceptance and tolerance
The title of the movie — Apples and Oranges — which received the National Award for the Best Educational Film (2019) sums up what it’s about. It is a straightforward story for kids about being totally different, accepting and coping with diversity. Despite the simplicity, it could resonate with grown ups too.
When she wrote the story of Apples and Oranges, director of the movie, Rukshana Tabassum mined her expertise of what she describes as “the excessive polarisation in the nation, and the emotional turmoil of not understanding what to imagine and what to not. I used to be reacting to the whole lot on social media.” Following her publish alongside these traces on Facebook, LXL Ideas, which makes kids’s movies, contacted her.
“They requested if I may make a movie for kids on overcoming variations. I wasn’t positive if I may, I didn’t know how one can.” She agreed, selecting satire since the viewers was kids. The writing demanded analysis, her search for reality and understanding duality which she needed to convey. “It grew to become a instrument for me to search out solutions.”
In the movie, Daisy Apple and Tulip Orange turn into associates unaware that they’re totally different : apples and oranges, individuals who ‘hate’ one another. They cease being associates once they realise their ‘variations’ solely to know that they’re in spite of everything, not that totally different, and they are often associates despite it. Apple-eating Daisy presents oranges to orange-loving Tulip for her birthday. Tulip’s household arranges ‘apple meals’ for Daisy.
“Discrimination based mostly on meals bothered me, the politics of meals, folks being judged for what they eat and lynched due to it. What one eats isn’t one’s id, it’s a selection. So I made it a central a part of the narrative. The world had stopped making sense, I had to enter a fictional house to know it.” The 25-minute movie is the results of a number of drafts.
A pageant organiser from the United States, the place the movie was screened, instructed her about the way it slot in the context of Mexican immigrants, “It suits into each type of discrimination : meals, faith, gender…” says the Mumbai-based director, who can be an actor and a skilled classical (Bharatanatyam) dancer.
The world of cinema
- Rukshana, who hails from Nagaon in Assam, found movies fairly late. Her dad and mom did not encourage watching movies. One of the few movies she watched that she remembers is Satyajit Ray’s Sonar Kella. It was when she got here to Delhi, and labored in an advert company that she began watching movies, based mostly on suggestions from associates and colleagues. “FTII launched me to the world of movies, and to the technical facet of movies.” She traces her inclination to make movies for kids to the affect of her mom, a Montessori trainer.
This isn’t the first National Award for the Film and Television Institute of India (Pune) alumnus. Her movie The Cake Story, produced by the Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI) received a Special Mention in the quick fiction, non-feature class (2018). Rukshana likes to make movies on topics which can be near her coronary heart. Her movies have been a part of main worldwide festivals .
Dammy and Begum, two of her quick movies are due for launch. The Social Solution, produced by entrepreneur Anand Mahindra, is one other undertaking near her coronary heart.
“This full-length documentary is about 5 younger IT professionals who’ve created a home-grown social media platform…they bootstrapped and didn’t take placements, as a substitute opting to do that.”