Rakkhosh – India’s first film with the camera as the hero witnesses a housefull show at the Pune International Film Festival

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Rakkhosh, India’s first POV film – a film where the camera is the hero for the first time in Indian cinema, has just seen a housefull show at the prestigious Pune International Film Festival (PIFF), clearly highlighting the kind of interest it’s generated among connoisseurs of cinema,owing to its unique and truly innovative narrative style. The demand for the show was so huge that patrons had to be accommodated on the stairs dye to unavailability of enough seats. Truly, there can be no bigger reward or high for a filmmaker and his cast and crew associated with the product 

Rakkhosh is based on a Marathi short story Patient No. 302 by Late Shri Narayan Dharap. He is a well-known writer in Marathi Literature in the horror genre, on whose another story Tumbbad was based.

Srivinay Salian adapted the story for the big screen before handling the direction during the post production of the film.  Rakkhosh has been produced by Santosh and Sayali Deshpande, directed by Srivinay Salian and Abhijit Kokate with Prashen Kyawal being the Creative Producer.

Rakkhosh is a first-person POV of a schizophrenic person and stars Sanjay Mishra, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Priyanka Bose, Barun Chanda and Namit Das among others. Namit Das of Sumit Sab Sambhal Lega, Pataakha and Sui Dhaaga fame has lent the voice to the character, Birsa, from whose POV the film is.

What makes Rakkhosh so unique?

The film has been shot by a French DOP Basile Pierrat who had done one music video named Varanasi in POV treatment.  Till now most of the films used POV partially or are of found footage genre. The first Complete POV film in the world Hard Core Henry was shot as a first person shootout gameplay. All POV films are shot via small cameras are go-pro till now. For the first time we used a proper cinema camera (Red Dragon 6K) to shoot the POV. We had to create a custom POV rig for Red camera 1st time in India and maybe the second time in the world.

Besides PIFF, Rakkhosh has also been chosen for the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) and the Orange City International Film Festival (OCIFF) to be held between January and February. Here’s wishing the entire team the very best for the road ahead. May the accolades and appreciation keep flowing.

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