Kadambari Kashyap – An Aspiring Filmmaker In A Candid Conversation
She believes in painting her thoughts through her camera and delivering them onto the canvas. Kadambari Kashyap has emerged as one of the best aspiring filmmakers of the time, from her region. She believes in experimenting to bring out the best in a platter for her audience. With her award winning film Pushpita, she proved that with true dedication one can definitely achieve what one truly desires. Delivering art on screen, her works Love is Better than Wine, Shonaai Rupaai and much more, are truly the ones to look up to.
Over a candid conversation, Kadambari talks about her journey so far and gives us a glimpse of her upcoming projects.
Hello Kadambari, welcome to Creativica.
Did you always aspire to be a cinematographer/filmmaker? What inspired you to take up this profession?
No, it happened by chance. I was in 12th grade and I came across a filmmaking poster on Facebook and I immediately felt strongly about making one. So that’s how I started exploring filmmaking. Cinematography too happened spontaneously while shooting randomly, in and around Bangalore. I would just borrow my uncle’s camera and roam around documenting things.
What was your first ever project?
It was a short film on the negative aspects of modern technologies.
Is there any artist whose works you follow the most?
There isn’t a definite list that I have. I keep it more fluid so as to absorb inspiration from wherever/whatever possible.
As a freelancer you meet various types of client, has this ever happened that you had to compromise on your artistic freedom for the sake of your clients?
To be able to understand my client’s requirements in itself is an art. There are times when we differ a lot but I won’t call it ‘compromising my artistic freedom’ as it broadens my understanding on so many things.
A filmmaker is a storyteller, narrating stories through the lens. As a storyteller yourself, how do make your lens to do the narrative?
Just like a painter paints using different colours to narrate her/his story, the filmmaker too uses certain tools to paint the story. Such as the sound, lighting, people, location, etc are used to narrate the story. The lens could be the brush the filmmaker uses to paint her story. There are so many ways to tell a story and I feel it always boils down to a simple choice in filmmaking. A choice to show and not simply tell the audience. I am practicing making that unique choice.
Your Ethnography Award winner short film ‘Pushpita’ deals with a very strong social issue of human trafficking. What inspired you to work on that issue?
While traveling through villages I used to see so many kids just playing with their siblings and friends. I used to imagine the situations they might be facing – the raw joys of childhood as well the horrors. So I researched and found that the rate of trafficking was pretty high in the North Eastern region. ‘Pushpita’ is actually a small part of a bigger project that I am presently contemplating on. I want to present the story in a more detailed and researched manner.
Do you plan to work on another short film in the near future?
Yes, absolutely. So many ideas but very little time!
Visual art is a treat for the eye, but in this digital age where there are millions of eyeballs on billions of content, it’s very difficult to get the desired amount of attention for your work. According to you, where does an aspiring filmmaker/cinematographer should start when it comes to sharing their work out in public?
Well for me, it’s about knowing for whom you’re creating the content for. It is futile to look for good criticism and attention from an audience who are not into the kind of work you’re catering. So it’s all about finding or creating your own kind of audience who will at least try to understand what it is that you’re trying to say. And regarding platforms, there’s plenty, such as – YouTube, Vimeo, and festivals.
Any future projects lined up?
Yes, I am excited to share new project soon with you all. This time, I am collaborating with Baartalaap for an original music video. They are insanely talented people.
We’re almost at the end of our interview, but before that we, would like you to share any message or a piece of advice for aspiring filmmakers/cinematographers like you?
Well to my fellow creators I would just like to say – keep creating! (
Thank you Kadambari for giving us your valuable time. We wish you all the best for your upcoming days.
Thank you so much for having me here at Creativica.