By Arun Fulara. Posted on September 21, 2015
These are the small discoveries that we live for. On our daily sorties across the subterranean depths of the vast web, we came across this, Sriram Raghavan's diploma film from FTII. Without trying to read too much into it, the film does give an early glimpse into Raghavan's interest in the unusual. A homage to Godard and the French New Wave is apparent, something that seems almost de-rigueur for most film school diploma films.
The film, titled The Eight Column Affair has been edited by another leading Hindi film director, Rajkumar Hirani. I don't think they've collaborated ever since, so this is one of those pieces of trivia that might excite geeky film quizzers down the line. The film even has Nana Patekar in a small cameo!
While his love for noir is well known, what is also visible is his interest in the stories behind news that populate our newspapers. Be it Ek Hasina Thi, Johnny Gaddar or Badlapur, most of his movies seem to be inspired from real-life crimes of passion. His other (long) short film on the serial killer Raman Raghav (on whom Anurag Kashyap is now making a feature) is another case in point.
As the description of the film on YouTube introduces the film, "Sriram Raghavan’s graduation film 'The Eight Column Affair' (1987) explores the journey of news coming alive when an athlete featured on the front page falls in love with a tennis starlet featured on the last page."
Revealing anything more about the film would be giving away too much. Watch the film and let us know what you think of it.