As told by Raj, the name of the famous sand
sculptor came to mind as he was looking for a subject that would fit to the
theme of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which required to be based on an
achiever who excelled against odds including poverty. Sudarshan had to leave
school at sixth standard due to financial problems of his family.
“Everybody knows Sudarshan Patnaik as a famous
sand sculptor. But the real inspiration lies in his past life and very few
people know it,” says Raj.
To depict the odds encountered by the sand artist
during his childhood and early days in the particular art form, part of film is
recreated by the director Raj by using artists. It’s because of the recreated
parts that the film is submitted in the docufiction category instead of
Son of Odisha’s noted journalist Sampad Mohapatra,
who is also a known art director with some experience in acting as well, Raj
however consulted his father and Uncle Nirad Mohapatra, the veteran film
director who also pioneered the movement of realistic cinema in India, while
finalising the subject for his film. As per Raj, the support from his huge
family resource was limited to the subject selection only.
A self-learner and passionate filmmaker Raj
graduated in commerce last year only. He has produced three more short films
apart from “Dreaming with Sand.” All based on off-beat themes, Raj tried
experimenting with presentation of the films.
While the first film “$#!+ happens” was based on
luck factors in one’s life, the “Second Innings” was about a four-year-old kid
whose world revolves around cricket. With its progress the “Second Innings”
explains what the game takes away from the kid and how he never gives up on his
passion. Raj’s third creation “Femme Fatale” is a neo-noir film.
“It’s Odisha's first neo-noir film,” claims the
Zestful to continue such filmmaking activities,
Raj and his team are inspired with the official entry of his latest film
“Dreaming with sand” at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. His team
includes SFX and audio engineers Arnav Pati and Bivash Rath and still
photographer Soumya Mohapatra. Raj also gives credit to his journalist sister
Shilpi Sampad for her support.