By P.T. Bopanna
‘The Story of Kaveri’, a short film directed by ace ad film director K.M. Ayappa, in which Nanjamma Chinnappa (in picture with her husband Boverianda Chinnappa) played the role of Kaveri, has won many international and national awards.
Speaking to this reporter, Nanjamma said: ‘The Story of Kaveri’, a symbolic, creative, short film (3 minutes), was distilled from 3 days of shooting in Hogenakkal (Karnataka) and Namakkal (Tamilnadu) in May 2017.
Nanjamma added: “For us, being part of the project was an unusual and amazing experience. The effort put in by the team – voluntary at the top level – was truly impressive and admirable. They filmed day and night, in 40C temperatures, conjuring up and creating images, some on the spot, impromptu.”
Besides essaying the role of Kaveri, Nanjamma also narrated the script. It was conceived by Vinod Eshwer who wrote the script and was the creative director. It was produced by Anand Menon.
The film has won 15 National awards at the 2018 Ad film festivals in Goa, Mumbai and Chennai. These include the top award in each location for creative excellence etc., as well as the National Geographic Green award. At the international level it has won the second prize for Film Craft – Direction, at the New York Festivals World’s Best Advertising awards, 2018
It was done in Kodava thakk, Kannada and Tamil – languages of the lands that Kaveri flows through.
The Kodava thakk version can be viewed at https://youtu.be/KAvtWcj1ku M