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ASHANTI


RUNTIME: 10 minutes 47 seconds / FORMAT: Digital, 1920x1080 HD

Short Film / 2020 / New Delhi, India


An experimental short-film based on original screenplay, written, directed and produced by Priyanka Sarkar under “Laidback Productions”. Visualizing the rebellious nature of the 70s’ in a fantasy-filled manner while focusing on emotions, feelings, thoughts, and experiences. The film is a portrayal of the struggle of the subconscious and the protagonist is subjected to a recurrent behaviour of immersing in a self-dystopian world. Luna is struggling with her inner-most fear of being lonely due to challenging romantic encounters.




M Y  R O L E

Direction & Film Auteur
Production Design
Post-production
Production
Screenplay

 


S Y N O P S I S


Luna becomes obsessed with her ideal man, who is nothing but an illusion. Her intention quickly takes over as she starts to weave her own sleep cycle with the help of hoppie lojens (a metaphorical drug candy designed for the film) and falls prey to the darkness of a deceiving romance. The more the candy shows its magic, the more she gets sucked into the fool’s paradise.










Image Credits; Bhupesh Pal





BEHIND THE SCENE

(BTS)


Image Credits; Bhupesh Pal






Credits :
starring SREYASHI ROY, EKLAVYA SINGH, KATYANI JAISWAL,
NEHA DAS, BONITA SINGH RAJPUROHIT
styling KANIKA PAUL, PRIYANKA SARKAR & PALLAVI SEN
make-up KANIKA PAUL
art direction PALLAVI SEN
art assistant NEHA DAS, DEEPTIKA
assistant director PALLAVI SEN
lighting SATIYA (GAFFER), PANDIT JEE (ELECTRICIAN)
director of photography ANKIT AGGARWAL
camera assistant BHUPESH PAL &
SUHAIL ALI KHAN



Special thanks -
Christina MacGillivray & Nayana Keswani
 

ALL PROJECTS - SHORT FILMS / COMMERCIALS / PERFORMANCE-ART 



YATRA / SHORT FILM / 2023 / PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

YATRA 





An avant-garde short film inspired by the philosophy “Atman is Brahman," written in the Hindu Upanishads, which can be attained by expanding the soul through the seven states of consciousness.

ARATA / COMMERCIAL / 2020 / NEW DELHI, INDIA


ARATA 




Rebranding campaign for an Indian wellness brand founded in 2018. The brand name, Arata (Japanese: 新た), means ‘fresh’ and ‘new’ in Japanese.




HARPER’S BAZAAR / COMMERCIAL / 2018-19 / NEW DELHI, INDIA

HARPER’S
BAZAAR





Harper's Bazaar India is a magazine that celebrates the best in luxury, design and style.  I was working as a freelance videographer with Harper’s Bazaar India in 2019-20 for their monthly style campaigns.



AUTHENTIKKA / COMMERCIAL / 2023 / HAMBURG, GERMANY

AUTHEN
TIKKA




An Indian restaurant in Hamburg, Germany with a concept of promoting Indian nostalgia. Created two campaigns for the brand and I produced videos from ideation to finished product working together with the marketing team. 





DIVANA / SHORT FILM / 2021 / HAMBURG, GERMANY

DIVANA




A girl’s romanticism about being in a new city and her desire to find her tribe by movement; the film moves forward by revealing more characters dancing against a dead city as a backdrop with disco aesthetic and fashion styling.





ASHANTI / SHORT FILM / 2020 / NEW DELHI,
INDIA


ASHANTI




An experimental short-film based on original screenplay, written, directed and produced by Priyanka Sarkar under “Laidback Productions”. Visualizing the rebellious nature of the 70s’ in a fantasy-filled manner while focusing on emotions, feelings, thoughts, and experiences.




NAMASTE / SHORT FILM / 2018 / NEW DELHI,
INDIA


NAMASTE




An experimental short-film based on an original screenplay, written, directed, and produced by Priyanka Sarkar under "Laidback Productions." Inspired by the psychedelic sixties and LSD, this film follows the lead character as she negotiates with her good and bad sides before recognizing her actual self.




DAR(ME) / PERFORMANCE-ART / 2022 / HAMBURG, GERMANY

DAR(ME)
PERFORMANCE




Short-film and performance piece produced by Priyanka Sarkar in collaboration with her then partner Pablo Camargo to reflect on their intimacy.




GROTESQUE BURLESQUE / PERFORMANCE-ART / 2022 / HAMBURG, GERMANY

GROTESQUE
BURLESQUE




An obscure, beautifully-grotesque dance performance is a collaboration between Priyanka Sarkar, Helena Aljona Kuehn and Nick Wachs.









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