HOLI HOLY – Manish Arora / Bharat Sikka

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Did we tell you how much we love A Shared View On Fashion (ASVOF)? When Diane Pernet launched her Fashion Film Festival with her energy and her core team, we were more than happy…but when we discovered this film, captivating and touching, which won the GRAND PRIX, we knew that something big for fashion is going to grow in the coming years. Bharat Sikka made us travel in India; vivid pictures, loneliness together, amazing soundtrack…enjoy.

As Diane Pernet explains:

“For me, the criteria of what’s a good film and what’s a good fashion film are really quite the same, except that [with the latter] fashion has to be the protagonist. Just because someone is moving in front of the camera, it doesn’t make it a film. A film has a story.”

Credentials:

DIRECTOR: BHARAT SIKKA / CONCEPT: MANISH ARORA / COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: INDIA / DURATION: 5’00” / DESIGNER: MANISH ARORA / MUSIC: BISHI BATTACHARYA / CAST: BISHI BHATTACHARYA / DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: TASSADUQ HUSSAIN / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: MANISH ARORA AND BHARAT SIKKA / STYLIST: MANISH ARORA

FILM SYNOPSIS: As the scene opens, we’re enveloped instantly by something that’s lonely and has been left to wither away and decay. Forlorn and alone, we see Bishi’s back turned to the camera as she walks down an inner lane of a village inviting dusk. She joins a congregation of young and old widows in a prayer room, all dressed in white saris and at different points of degeneration. They look dusty like old objects. There is a transition and an explosion of color with a celebration in the streets of a small village where there’s confusion as well as excitement among its dwellers in the novelty of the few 50 widows that reluctantly and joyously (secretly) mingle around and amongst the village people. With smiles that they’ve finally broken into, covered in Holi color and Manish Arora’s vivid clothes. We now understand that the forgotten women are part of the community again. But only for a short while. Bishi is then captured and sits in a small boat in a lake, rowed by a single small man, half her size. He cannot fathom why she sings an inaudible melody. She is dark, strong, and her eyes along with her voice are like two in a band show after a long journey.

DIRECTOR’S BIO: Bharat Sikka grew up in India and worked there as a photographer before studying at the Parsons School of Design, NYC, where he earned a BFA in Photography. Establishing a fine art approach to the field of photography, Bharat documents contemporary visions of India. His portfolio consists of environmental portraits of Indian men, urban landscapes in India, and a personal project on his family. Since his first exhibition, “Indian Men”, at The Artist’s Space in NYC, his work has been featured in numerous national and international exhibitions, including one at the National Museum of India (2008). Bharat has also contributed to publications such as The New Yorker, LD, Time, W Magazine, Vogue, Vogue Homme, International, and Details. Bharat now lives and works between Europe and India.

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