Is man meant to stick to one woman?
Is film meant to conform to one genre?
X is a one-of-its-kind film because eleven Indian filmmakers with disparate styles of filmmaking have come together to make different parts of the same film.
NOT an anthology but a single story.
The story of K (Rajat Kapoor) a filmmaker with a mid life crisis, who meets a mysterious young girl (Aditi Chengappa) 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? As the night unfolds, the mystery heightens as we cut back and forth between present and past to discover who he really is. Each flashback episode, directed by a different filmmaker (since every woman/story required a different genre) unravels the role of a different ex in his life.
What is it that makes us tick or stop? What is that we truly want or miss in our lives? What is it that keeps us anchored or free falling? What is it that makes us move or let go? Are we products of our past or present? What is that X factor that defines who we are?
Truth has at least as many answers and shades as the lovely ladies in the film: Aditi Chengappa, Bidita Bag, Gabriella Schmidt, Huma Qureshi, Neha Mahajan, Parno Mitra, Pia Bajpai, Pooja Ruparel, Radhika Apte, Richa Shukla, Rii Sen and Swara Bhaskar.
Directors Abhinav Shiv Tiwari Sankhnaad (Oass), Anu Menon (London Paris New York), Hemant Gaba (Shuttlecock Boys), Nalan Kumarasamy (Soodhu Kavvum), Pratim D. Gupta (Paanch Adhyay), Qaushiq Mukherjee (Gandu, Tasher Desh), film critic Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha (Aisha, Chaurahen), Sandeep Mohan (Love Wrinkle Free), Sudhish Kamath (Good Night Good Morning) and Suparn Verma (Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina, Acid Factory, Aatma) have shot this film produced by Nigeria-based Manish Mundra in California, London, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.
In English, Hindi, Bengali and Tamil.
In strikingly different styles as a bridge between the various cinemas of India. Mainstream, Arthouse, Popular, Underground, Regional and Global – all at the same time.
National award winning Editor Apurva Manohar Asrani(Satya, Snip and Shahid) has taken up the responsibility of putting eleven styles onto one canvas in a way that brings out the bigger picture.
Executive Producer of X, Shiladitya Bora is available for meetings at the Film Bazaar, Goa for international distribution and festival enquiries.
Almost all the directors of X will be in Goa as well. Watch out for the signs.
Do say Hi! We might just give you a sneak preview of the film everyone’s waiting to watch.
(The trailer should be out soon. Watch this space.)