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The Real life Idiots
3rd June 2010 : The 2- Idiots are Harsh Vardhan Singh and Md Afzal Khan who are basically engineering students of N.I.T Durgapur, but also they make films. After the success of their previous film 'KHTAAH', their latest creation 'The Uncaptured Passion' was selected for screening at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival this year and they also went all the way to attend the screening at Cannes. They had support from NIT Durgapur and it's Alumni Association all the way. The 3rd Idiot and partner in the crime is Indus Nawani, who has acted in all their films. This bunch of students call themselves 'PAPER WEIGHT Entertainment' are really passionate about their work and dream to capture many hearts in the future.
About Us in our own words
Paper Weight Entertainment INDIA was founded in 2007 by students of N.I.T Durgapur, India with a vision to keep making good films and keep our passion of Filmmaking alive.
The film making journey started in September 2007 has grown from screening it's films from college festivals to International film festivals. Our film THE DEAD DREAM was' awarded 'the best editing award at VERVE 2k8, NIT Durgapur literary fest.
In 2009, Paper Weight had gone International with its entry VOICE finishing as semi finalist in short film competition of the Microsoft Imagine Cup, Egypt Cairo 2009. We also had our submission in motion graphics, photography and live action category of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2009.The film is also the Official selection for SHORTSNONSTOP film festival 2009, an initiative of the Canadian Film Centre.
Our 3rd film KHTAAH won 'the best story award' at VERVE 2k9 by TIN CAN (MADLY Bengali fame). This film was Official Selection for GLOBAL CINEMA FESTIVAL Indore 2009, being organised by Film Federation of India and was screened on 10th Oct 2009 and again on 14th Oct (due to public demand) at INOX Central, Indore. This film was also the Marketing Selection for Short Film Center, International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2010), Goa.
The year 2010, KHTAAH is the Official Selection for Tiburon International Film Festival, USA 2010, which took place from 18-26 March 2010 at Tiburon, CA, USA with it's US premier on 19 March 2010 at Tiburon Playhouse Theater, CA, USA. Our previous film VOICE won the consolation special prize at A Billion's Dream- VISION 75 competition of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
Our film THE UNCAPTURED PASSION was selected in Short Film Corner, 63rd Cannes Film Festival, France with it's world premier on 21st May 2010 at Palaise de festival, Cannes.
Later from 2010 onwards, Afzal and Harsh worked in Lowe Lintas advertising agency, Lintas Productions, Red Ice Films and Chrome Pictures to gain professional filmmaking experience. Presently both are involved in Independent Filmmaking and Freelance Advertising for some Clients. Harsh is also Project Director of their 2009 founded child literacy social service initiative, Bihari More Education Project at NIT Durgapur Campus.
Guest Column: Reviewing my mentor R Balki’s movie Shamitabh - Exchange4Media.com
I watched the film “Shamitabh”, written & directed by my mentor, R Balki. Felt deeply moved to realise how small snippets of emotions churn out some philosophies of life. The “Shamitabh” Script was one such.
While writing a review on a great work, I would like to mention my small Guru-Shishya story with Balki, avoiding the word ‘Sir’ as he is yet to be honored with Knighthood (courtesy Shamitabh screenplay effect).
In 2010, Balki & Lowe Lintas Advertising Agency literally adopted me by recruiting me into their aegis. I was an unsettled and disturbed mind with only the passion for filmmaking. My credentials of Cannes & other Short Film Screenings and a special CNN News story got my talent recognized. Landed up like a small town poor chap with RS 2k in pocket at Balki’s Nariman Point cabin for Interview.
“I am NIT Graduate, was placed in an IT Company, dropped out of IIM and ran away from home to attend this meeting right now”.
Just the hope of being able to have an opportunity to try, was what drove Dhanush to Mumbai film industry. Quite similar was my case. I was willing to die trying at that point of time.
The phrase “Born to do” is exact fit for Balki. Heading Lowe Lintas for such a long time and having gained so much confidence from top guns in the film industry, It was only Balki who could compile a masterpiece with Amitabh’s raw unleashed performance, Dhanush’s realistic screen presence, Akshara’s innocence and creative humorous advertising at its best. No one else in this lifetime could put up a show like this, for Balki is exceptionally Multi-tasking and Calm.
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Axis Bank · My Idea of Progress Winner
Do you follow what you truly believe in? Harsh Vardhan, a film maker did! From making films to structuring a course for the education of slum children, he has come a long way! This is his idea of progress, what’s yours? #myideaofprogress. Axis Bank @AxisBank Jan 25 - Twitter
An artist's interpretation of @Harshgo ‘s idea of progress - from a film maker to a humanitarian! #myideaofprogress.
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Cannes film festival pales in front of a humble school for this techie - YourStory.com
After Harsh Vardhan Singh made a short film (VOICE) with the help of local slum children around his college for Microsoft Imagine cup in Education category, he felt as if he had used the kids for his entry into the competition. The guilt didn’t let him sleep. He had shot a movie which showed the use of VOIP technology to educate underprivileged children, while the ones who acted in the film were themselves uneducated and alienated from the concept of education.
Harsh decided to do something. He started teaching the children around his college (NIT Durgapur). Soon his friends joined him and volunteered to teach the children too after college and on weekends. These children were mainly immigrants from Bihar, and the area was known as ‘Bihari More’ (pronounced as mode in Hindi), close to NIT Durgapur campus. Thus the Bihari More Education Project (BMEP) was born.
During his final year, Harsh made another short film (The Uncaptured Passion) which was selected for the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, France, and had a world premiere on May 21, 2010, at Palaise de festival, Cannes. His talent was noticed by filmmaker R Balki who called him to Mumbai to work with him. Harsh gave up his placements for his passion and went to Mumbai and started working. However, his heart lay with the kids in BMEP. At present, Harsh has his own company Paper Weight Entertainment India, which undertakes independent projects and the money he earns from it is used for BMEP. They had also done a fundraiser in 2012 for the same.
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GLOBAL360 CHALLENGE: AWAAZ, VOICE NOW - Global Citizen.org
In August, Global360’s judging panel of young people and top creative directors will select a winner from each category to win 200,000 rupees and a runner-up who will receive 100,000 rupees. An overall winner will receive a trip to the prestigious Cannes Lions Festival next year.
Global Citizen has caught up with some of the finalists for the Challenge, and today we're talking with Harsh Vardhan Singh, whose video you can watch at the top of this article!
The idea of storytelling, capturing moments and presenting ones observation had always fascinated me. So I had to get personal camera, watch a lot of films for inspiration, study the art of filmmaking and kick start film productions.
Why did you choose to enter Global360?
It was that one competition which had clear vision on specific meaningful themes/subjects. Global360 was a better above a film festival platform with broadcast and screening opportunities, which is any filmmakers’ daydream.
What does Global Citizenship mean to you?
Extreme Nationalism has caused wars, destruction, and selfishness affecting sustainable existence of the world. If all humans believe in enlightened nationalism and think of this world as one home, that makes a better world with being a Global Citizen.
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#Showcase on Being Human Foundation
#BeingHuman #Showcase : Harsh Vardhan Singh / Md. Afzal Khan / Indus Nawani and Students of National Institute of Technology, Durgapur West Bengal.
#Cause : Nurture the underprivileged kids in and around the Campus.
#Story : Good People Initiative is an Independent Initiative by Students of National Institute of Technology, Durgapur West Bengal to nurture the underprivileged kids in and around the Campus.
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The below photo won Lifelyk’s best photo of Week #1.
A: Tell us a little bit about Harsh…
H: A very down to earth person who tries to find creativity in anything he sees, an object or a person.
A: Which five words would your friends use to describe you?
H: Creative, sentimental, humanist (as in someone who likes to serve humanity, social work, etc), happy, modest.
A: Where is home?
H: Orrisa, where my parents are.
A: If you could live anywhere on this awesome planet where would you build your dream home?
H: Uttarakhand. Maybe Nainital.
A: Tell us, how did you get started with photography?
H: I started photography after I purchased my first camera. I carried the camera with me everywhere like a body part. I started taking pictures of anything anywhere.
A: So what would you say was the turning point?? When did you think, I need to buy a camera??
H: I thought documenting moments of life which would never come back was a good idea, so I started off with capturing moments of life but then I got serious and started taking artistic photos as well.
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