Abhinav Shiv Tiwari
Pratim D. Gupta
November 18, 2014 (2014-11-18) (SAIFF)
X - The Film is a 2014 Indian experimental film directed by a team of eleven filmmakers including Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, Anu Menon, Nalan Kumarasamy, Hemant Gaba, Pratim D. Gupta, Q, Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath and Suparn Verma. It will feature actor-director Rajat Kapoor and Anshuman Jha in the lead. X is not an anthology, but one whole story with the eleven directors making sections of it. The film, which is in production, is being produced by Manish Mundra.
Rajat Kapoor as K
Anshuman Jha as K
X (2014 film) Wikipedia
In May 2013, it was announced that eleven filmmakers from different parts of India had come together to make one single film, with the directors stressing that the film was not an anthology, but one whole story with the eleven directors making sections of it. The films basic plotline was quoted as "X is a filmmakerâ€™s journey through his past encounters with his 10 ex-girlfriends as he spends one surreal unforgettable night at a film festival after he meets a mysterious girl who intriguingly seems to have something to do with every woman in his life". The idea came from film critic Sudhish Kamath when he was at The Goa Project held in March. He wanted to shoot a film during the event itself but as he could not because of lack of funds and time he "decided to take the idea forward and make it bigger in scope". He met Shiladitya Bora at the event, who accepted to be the films executive producer.
Kamath was also instrumental in getting the directors together. The eleven directors who came on board were Abhinav Shiv Tiwari (Oass), Anu Menon (London, Paris, New York), Hemant Gaba (Shuttlecock Boys), Pratim D. Gupta (Paanch Adhyay), Qaushiq Mukherjee (Gandu), Raja Sen (film critic), Rajshree Ojha (Aisha), Sandeep Mohan (Love, Wrinkle Free), Sudhish Kamath (Good Night Good Morning), Suparn Verma (Aatma) and Thiagarajan Kumararaja (Aaranya Kaandam) who had written individual segments and would direct them themselves. The filmmakers met in Mumbai in early May to lock their segments after six-weeks long online interactions and discussions. Due to Thiyagarajan Kumararajas unavailabity, Gautham Menon agreed to direct his script. However in November 2013 it was reported that Menon was also out of the project, although he had started shooting his part in July in Puducherry, and Nalan Kumarasamy, director of Soodhu Kavvum subsequently replaced him to direct Kumararajas segment.
Rajat Kapoor was signed as the lead actor, with the eleven segments revolving around his character K, while twelve actresses would play the female leads in each segment, with one segment featuring two female characters. Aditi Chengappa played the lead in the part directed by Sudhish Kamath. Suparn Verma started and finished shooting for his track in August with Radhika Apte and Neha Mahajan being part of his part. Piaa Bajpai was signed for the part by Hemant Gaba, while Raja Sen selected Huma Qureshi for his part of the film. Swara Bhaskar was part of the segment directed by Tamil director Nalan Kumaraswamy, with the actress telling that she shot for four days at Koovathur near Chennai. Anshuman Jha was cast as the younger Rajat Kapoor and part of Raja Sen, Hemant Gaba and Kumararajas segments.
X premiered as the opening film of the 2014 South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF).
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