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’36 Gunn’ My 1st film as a Line Producer’36 Gunn’

36 Gunn is the 1st movie that I worked on as a Line Producer, and We shot in 2018-19 during Christmas all over the Uk.

#36Gunn is a fantastic story about a couple married with the help of the Indian tradition of matching 36 points on Horoscopes who end up in the UK for their Honeymoon and truly end up discovering/questioning their compatibility. 
In Hindu tradition, Horoscope matching is the first step towards marriage to ensure the couple is compatible. 
This exercise has been a part of India’s culture for 1000s of years, but our director Samit Kakkad and the writer Hrishikesh Koli would like to question whether this 1000-year-old tradition is still necessary for a happy marriage. 
It’s funny, sad and romantic and I hope you will enjoy it.

It’s the 1st film I worked on, and it’s going to be a visual treat as it’s been shot in India and all over the UK, London, Glasgow, Ediborha and York. 

#36Gunn In Cinemas in India from 4th November 2022

कुंडली नाही, मतं जुळावी लागतात!
‘३६ गुण’ ४ नोव्हेंबरपासून आपल्या जवळच्या चित्रपटगृहात !

Starring : @santoshjuvekar12, Purva Pawar, Pushkar Shrotri, Vijay Patkar, Swati Bowalekar, Vaibhav Raj Gupta
Directed by : Samit Kakkad
Produced by : Mohaan Nadaar, Samit Kakkad, Santosh Juvekar, Savitri Vinod Gaikwad
Presented by : Nikhil Raibole, Bhupendrakumar Nandan, Cafe Marathi
Partner TPHQ : ketki pandit Mehta
Distributed by : Sunshine Studios
Story & Screenplay by : Hrishikesh Koli, Samit Kakkad
Dialogues by : Hrishikesh Koli
Cinematography by : Prasad Bhende
Editors : Ashish Mhatre, Apurva Motiwale Sahai
Music by : Ajit Parab
Singer : Harshwardhan Wavre
Programming: Aditya Kudalkar
Recording : Avadhut Wadkar , Ajivasan
Lyrics by : Mangesh Kagne
Live Percussion : Nilesh Parab
Chorus : Sonal , Veena , Reshma
Mastering : Mastering World (UK)
Costumes by : Deepa Mehta (Queen of Hearts)
Choreography by : Sujit Kumar
Sound Design by : Rohit Pradhan
Music Co : Video Palace
DI Lab by : Red Chillies
Executive Producer : Milind Shingte
Production Company : The Production Headquarters ltd, Samit Kakkad Films
Production Assistant: Finn Hitchcock 
Marketing & PR : Media One
Digital Marketing : It’s Social Time
Visual Promotion : Just Right Studioz NX
Publicity Campaign : Brain On Rent
Post Producer : Durgesh Gupta

Yee, I am a BAFTA Connect member: How working While Studying helped me kick-start my career in the Film industry.

I was beyond chuffed to have been accepted as a BAFTA Connect member!

British Academy of Film and Television Arts is a prestigious organisation, and I am excited to network with creative leaders and my peers whilst celebrating excellence in this industry.

But this reminded me of my days working at film festivals when I was at UNI, and BAFTA was our opening and closing night venue.

While I started my Master’s in film studies at The university of west London (previously known as Thames Valley University), I was fortunate enough to have landed a part-time job at a Film Festival.

I still remember that day because I had an interview with the festival four days ago. As I was desperate, I ended up going to induction at a restaurant to work as a waiter, they asked me to buy black pants and a shirt and come the next day afternoon, But the next day morning, I had a call from the Film Festival to let me know they had offered me the part-time position.
I think the restaurant was lucky, as I would have been the worst waiter.

But this Job at the Film Festival ended up being a crucial stepping stone for my career in the Film industry, and I have advocated Working while you are studying to most of the young people I meet.

Working while you are at Uni obviously helps you with additional income, which may allow you to pay for college itself, student loans, rent or other aspects of student life, but gaining experience in the field you are interested in can take you much further.

Working with Film Festival while at Uni gave me hands-on experience. I started as an admin person, but within a month, I became the festival’s video content creator and produced interviews with well-known celebrities and Filmmakers.

Another benefit of working while in college or Uni is the opportunity to expand your circle, both professionally and socially.

When it comes to the professional networking aspects, you never know how the connections you make can help you down the line or throughout your career.

As part of my Film festival work, I met a filmmaker whose Film was at the festival, and I became Facebook friends with them, and after a few years, when he wanted to shoot a film in London, he offered me to be a Line Producer for it.

I remember the opening night party hosted at BAFTA. I was having a full-blown conversation with British comedian Meera Syal over a glass of champagne and working with Riz Ahmed for an event he hosted at the festival.
This brings me to the next benefit of working while you study, which is confidence.
As a teen, I always struggled with making conversations with new people. Being dyslexic, I always held myself back from talking to people and always used to be very self-conscious.
But working at a Film festival and attending film events, organising the filming, and dealing with talent and venues and work colleagues gave me reassurance and confidence, which helps me a lot even today.

Part of my Job was to film interviews, so I had to plan these videos and sometimes hire additional crew, so over time, I learned how to effectively articulate ideas and concepts to my team and work colleagues.

Other skills I developed were Time management, Collaboration and teamwork and Leadership.

Working in the field, you are interested in has many benefits.
That being said, work experience is valuable even if it’s not related to your field. No matter the Job, you will still have real-life experience and benefit from the transferable skills.

When you finish your studies, you not only have a Degree but also relevant work history credentials to your resume, which may improve your chances of finding your 1st full-time Job. It also puts you ahead of other students who only have Masters’s degree to show for it.

After finishing my Uni, I got a job at a production company based in SOHO as an Editor/media operator within two weeks.

Here are some Pictures from my early days at the film festival.

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Personal opinion: Queen Elizabeth II and Colonialism.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Death has provoked significant online debate, especially amongst a section of the former British colonies.

The government declared a day of mourning on Sunday in India, with flags flying at half-staff to honor the late Queen Elizabeth II. But some online reactions across much of the country were blaming the Queen for Colonialism.

I also understand where most of the comments and points of view are coming from, and it is the anger of the dark past of British Colonialism
and yes, it needs to be talked about, but I feel like it should be targeted toward the Queen, especially on her death. as an Indian, I am just trying to put a different perspective.

It’s times like these you learn to live again

It has been a strange year. I have had low moments, and there have been times where I have struggled to come to terms with everything that has changed in my life and throughout the world. But I have also made some truly happy memories over the last few months, and I have learnt so much about living life, love, and work.

We are out of the quarantine in the UK, and every day it’s getting more bright, sunny, and warm. From my bedroom window, I can see the people out having a great time drinking and having lunch at the Breakfast club downstairs on the street restaurants. It’s all is very jolly.
But I know there are a lot of people who are still in lockdown all over the world for more than a year now, and I am sure the struggle is real.
But it’s the health of the loved ones and the nation that matters, so it’s important that you stay in, especially people in India and South America, where things seem extremely bad with the new covid variant.

At times like this, when people are struggling, music is more powerful than ever. It gives you hope and comfort.
Sometimes all you need is to listen to that one song that makes you smile and think about your favorite memories. And for me, this BBC Radio 1 Stay Home Live Lounge Song’ Times Like These’ is exactly that.
Some of the biggest music artists collaborated on an extraordinary BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge cover of Foo Fighters’ ‘Times Like These’ from their own homes.

After years of struggling with being around people, with lack of compassion and selfish behaviours, you tend to start accepting things as they are and normalise this behaviour.
But the lockdown intensified these behaviours and me not being ok with it. moving away is sometimes the best medicine, and as the song says

It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these we give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these, time and time again

Life always gets better when you move away from things that are not right for you 🙂
This chorus in the song really fills me with so much positivity and love.

The lockdown has made me appreciate the loved ones, close friends, and good, kind-hearted people in general. And also reach out to people that I haven’t spoken to in ages.
It also made me realize how interconnected we all are with each other and with nature, and we all need to keep doing more for others even after the pandemic ends.

Lots of Love
Parag

Lyrics
One, two, three, four
I, I’m a one way motorway
I’m the one that drives away
Then follows you back home
And I, I’m a street light shining
I’m a wild light blinding bright
Burning off alone
It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these we give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these, time and time again
I, I’m a new day rising
I’m a brand new sky
To hang the stars upon tonight
I, I’m a little divided
Do I stay or run away
And leave it all behind?
It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these, time and time again
Let’s go
It’s times like these that we activate
Do something to improve, don’t procrastinate
I’ve been cooking now make a wicked pasta bake
Stream games at 11 but I clap at 8
And I’ll do a facetime if you tempt me
Time to pay back with all the health docs lent me
And for me west ten’s elementary
But right now I wanna see ladbroke grove empty
You get me?
We make it better together we’ll make a better life
Because the pressure is ever upon us every night
And everyday so we pray and we will forever fight
We’ll make it better together, we’ll make a better life
I, I’m a one way motorway
I’m the one that drives away
Then follows you back home
I, I’m a street light shining
I’m a wild light blinding bright
Burning off alone
It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these, time and time again
It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you learn to love again

The artists taking part are (in alphabetical order): 5 Seconds of Summer, AJ Tracey, Anne-Marie, Bastille, Biffy Clyro, Celeste, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Dermot Kennedy, Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding, Foo Fighters, Grace Carter, Hailee Steinfeld, Jess Glynne, Mabel, Paloma Faith, Rag’n’Bone Man, Rita Ora, Royal Blood, Sam Fender, Sean Paul, Sigrid, YUNGBLUD and Zara Larsson.

Image used in the blog : A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884–1886) Painting by Georges Seurat

It’s finally 11.11.20

It’s finally 11.11 .20, and time for my yearly birthday blog.
The day I have always celebrated throughout my life as I do love life, and I feel like it needs to be appreciated and celebrated.

But, this year things have been a bit different, not just for me but for all of us.
For me, the last couple of months has been extremely hard, but I have slowly started focusing on my self, and I have realized that I can’t blame myself for others insecurities and self-regard, I am a kind and positive individual, and I have to keep focusing on that.

One thing in the last couple of months has also made me realize that people around me are fucking amazing and I do feel such a privilege to have a close circle of friends and family around me, who really care about my well being.

Hariman, Melani, and my mom who has been there every day,
Thank you so much for all the love and care.
I wish everyone has people like them in their life.

2021 is going to be a great year, I sense it and not just for me but for a lot of people, I mean we just got rid of that C* Trump, so I am hoping that this can be a catalyst for social change.

I am also sharing with you my brand new prized possession ‘The Bearbrick Medicom’ Shining version and the new fern that’s been growing so fast and giving me the Jurassic vibes.

Thank you, everyone, for wonderful wishes and showing kindness, and making my day special.

Lots of Love
Parag

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