INDIA: Indian born international actor Hemwant Tiwari, post his short film Life Is Beautiful featuring in Cannes, made his global debut with international sci-fi series Medinah.
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Recently he is in the news as his directorial debut, Lomad a one and half hour black and white film, in a single continuous shot, with no camera cuts, no editing, won its 24th selection and 11th award, the most recent one being The Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Director at the Accolade Global Film Festival, California, US running for the 17th year.
Lomad is a survival-themed crime thriller, and Hemwant saw to it that he gave an opportunity to FTII graduates. And the moment he mentioned the experimental genre of the film, people were excited to come on board.
Hemwant rehearsed with the team for almost 10 days on location. But on the final day, he had to reshoot the film all over again after 88 minutes. In the first take, the card finished at the 88th minute, and they had forgotten to change the card. Undaunted, Hemwant shot the film one more time.
The day he made the announcement, Hemwant got the shock of his life when one of his friends told him his film was pirated and was full-length on YouTube. “I was shocked,” says Hemwant. He checked out the film online and realised they had used only a poster and not the film. “It was a moment where I felt multitudes of contrasting emotions at the same time,” grins Hemwant.
A relieved actor simply went on to put a screenshot on Facebook. In the matter of a day, when I went back to check the link to connect to cybercrime, I saw that it was deleted. My friends on social media reported the channel and with multiple reporting it got deleted.
Nevertheless, the actor is now extra careful while submitting his film. Hemwant will be travelling to Iran and Israel for Lomad next, apart from an international series with global cast, besides two Indie films lined up for 2021 shoot and release.