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Vishnulal Sudha: Director Who is on a Film Fest Winning Spree

With three award-winning short films and 40-plus awards in various categories in his kitty, this impressive portfolio belongs to Vishnulal Sudha, a full-time techie. A Lead Operations Analyst at Envestnet, Technopark, his short film, Conscience 3 – Black, bagged the first place at the Litmus7 – Prathidhwani Qisa Film Festival (pqff18). Vishnulal was also adjudged

With three award-winning short films and 40-plus awards in various categories in his kitty, this impressive portfolio belongs to Vishnulal Sudha, a full-time techie. A Lead Operations Analyst at Envestnet, Technopark, his short film, Conscience 3 – Black, bagged the first place at the Litmus7 – Prathidhwani Qisa Film Festival (pqff18). Vishnulal was also adjudged ‘Best Director’ at the short film fest. The first and second movies in the Conscience series had bagged first place in the Qisa Film Festival conducted in 2014 and 2016 respectively. “The Conscience series deals with the mental struggles people go through and how those issues are dealt with. Inspired by the story of Oedipus, Black showcases incest and seduction in a new dimension. It reflects a conflict between the animal instinct and cultural norms in society,” said Vishnulal.

The movie has also won awards at the Starlight International Short Film Festival under the categories of ‘Best Experimental Movie’, ‘Best Cinematography’ and ‘Best Music Director’. It also competed in Talents International Short Film Festival and Bengal International Short Film Festival winning awards in the ‘Best Cinematography’ and ‘Best Sound’ categories.

An MBA graduate, Vishnulal has been actively involved in theatre and mimes at Sree Narayana College, Chempazhanthy. When he joined Envestnet, Vishnulal found like-minded colleagues. Much to his delight, the company itself hosts short-film festivals on a yearly basis and the best short film wins a cash-prize of Rs. 25,000. With more than 25 entries vying for the top prize at the festival, it is a popular contest among employees at the company. Vishnulal made his first short film called Kanadakkal in 2012.

“I take short-films within a nominal budget of Rs. 30,000 to 40,000 and the location is always based within 30 kilometres of Technopark. We make time on weekends for the shoot. Conscience 3 was completed in a span of two months. Many of my friends from college who have entered mainstream cinema help me with cinematography and provide a studio for recording,” he added.

He has also directed short films named 188 and Shyama, which has crossed 5 million views on YouTube. “If not for Prathidhwani and their Qisa Film Festival, I would not have come forward in this field. While I was in college, my works were confined to the campus but through Qisa I have started to get external recognition,” says the techie director. He also attributes his success as a director to his company Envestnet and friends who have readily pooled in money for his movie projects.

When asked about the challenges he has faced during film production, he says nothing about the limited time on weekends and how sleep needs to be compromised during night shifts. Despite the string of wins, Vishnulal is not yet confident about establishing himself as an independent film maker saying there is more to learn.

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