For some the love for movies goes far ahead of the business, popularity and recognition that come with it. For some it’s just the sheer titillation of being part of something original and something worthy. Nakuul Mehta is all set for the release of his upcoming film Avant Garde Pythagoras Sharma (AGPS). An intriguing name with just as intriguing a subject. Talking about his film Nakuul says “It’s about a boy named Pythagoras whose father is a mathematics professor and wants him to be an IT professional. Pythagoras has problems with set ways and conventions. Whether its jobs, religion or God! He goes ahead and opposes that. Inside him lives this idealist filmmaker waiting to come out. He is constantly battling between the real life and the way he is expected to be.”
AGPS is a film that isn’t meant for commercial consumption, far from your popcorn entertainment masala flick, this one here is an Independent film which caters mainly the overseas film festival circuit. Says Nakuul, “We are planning to take the film to festivals as the film caters to European and North American audiences.” It surprising to see that so early in his career, Nakuul went ahead and did a festival short film and one that didn’t come to him but one that he eagerly wanted to be part of. He shares his experience as he says, “I got this random email one day where there was a script and this director Ajay Singh, was calling out to all interested actors. It was meant to be for all theatre actors and since I was part of the loop it came to me. I read the script and I was like wow! And immediately wrote back. Ajay called and was surprised that a commercial actor like me wanted to be part of it. But he told me that he had written the main role with another actor in mind, Imaad Shah and he was looking for a supporting cast. I had obviously missed that part in the mail. I still met him, but he said that that role was already slotted and he couldn’t change the cast now. I still kept in touch. I even sent him an audition I did keeping that role in mind. Eventually he realised that I was one actor that really wanted to be part of this badly.”
Being a festival AGPS wouldn’t get as much eyeballs. In fact in India itself it might not get that much coverage, how does it help Nakuul’s career then? “I don’t look at cinema as commercial or non-commercial. The film will be getting exposure to the huge festival circuit and if it becomes famous worldwide, there is a huge chance that it would be released in India as well. As of now the audience is European and North American,” replies Mehta.
The film has clear definitions in terms of the market it is made for and thus has elements from across the world in its filmmaking, putting light on that Nakuul says, “The style of filmmaking is very French. It has those elements of surrealism in it from the early French film era as well as all that is abstract. Also the film is part English, part Hindi and part Japanese.”