Film Director and Screenwriter Pawan Kumar, who shot to fame with his directional debut, Lifeu Ishtene, recently attended a special screening of hos latest film U-Turn as St.Joseph's College of Arts and Science. The screening hosted by Rushes Film Club of the Department of Communication was followed by an interaction between the students and the director on the film and the various nitty gritty of film-making.
The movie U-Turn addresses the issue of traffic violations in Bangalore City, particularly the rampant lane switching that occurs on the Double Road flyover, located in Shanthi Nagar near St. Joseph's College of Arts and Science.
Talking about scripting process of the film. Pawan said scripts are not only done on paper, but also on the editing table. His advice to aspiring filmmakers is to accept that a script is dynamic.
"You might have got a great shot, but if it doesn't make sense, you have to be ready to let go" he said. When asked how he knows if a script is complete, he cheekily replied,"It's over when you have to pay your rents!"
On choosing this particular issue over other glamorous issues that could have been addressed in his film, he said,"Things that you write on, and do the best about are what bothers you the most, not everyone else. The problem should be personal to you."
Pawan had to pull-off a feature film that would entertain, but also address the issue without appearing peachy and forced. Indeed, his film U-Turn, delivered a box office hit, and received critical acclaim, but Pawan declares hos greatest award was the BBMP Commissioner taking 225 officers to watch the film. "Perhaps, now, the situation on the flyover might improve." he remarked.