Monday, 11/3/2014

Meet the filmmakers: MONSOON RAIN

Interview with director Saurav Rai

Meet the filmmakers: MONSOON RAIN Director Saurav Rai

Describe your film MONSOON RAIN in one sentence.
The film is about how a virtual relationship through cell phone can influence a remote village and it's people and thereby brings forth a change which challenges the age old village set up, leading to a chaotic and humorous aftermath.

What's the idea behind the film?
Some years back in my village, many married women started having affairs. As a result I came across families, devastated by this new trend. Earlier the village had it's own charm, known for it's innocent and raw entity. On close observation it was evident that the introduction of a new technology called cell phone was the main reason behind it. It was as if the village women were coming out of their age old cocoon against the ideal man women patriarchal setup. The best examples was an odd old couple, my neighbors, upon whom the story is based on.

MONSOON RAIN: Behind the Scenes

Is it your first time in Munich and/or Germany?
Yes, it is going to be my first visit in Munich.

What do you expect of Munich? What are you most looking forward to?
I found out November will be cold in Munich, but I expect to meet warm people, new film makers from around the world and take new experiences back home.

What is your favorite movie and who's your favorite director?
There's not one in particular, but I love films of Abbas Kiarostami.

Why did you want to become a filmmaker?
Once I failed so badly in my school exam, my grandfather sent me to a village school. It was pathetic as compared to my old city school. Life was of course harsh in the village, as I had to walk 3 hours daily to get to school. The people around me were innocent, I noticed a strange sense of raw humor among them by the virtue of their ignorance. I observed their ability to lead life despite the harshness. I wanted to share their stories with the world and I think I've already started doing that after joining the film school.

Who would you like to work with?
Anyone, who in collaboration can take forward the story and help me to give it a new life.

If you weren't a filmmaker, you'd be…?
A Buddhist monk perhaps.


  • This film will be screened in Program 6
  • Film School: SRFTI, Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute Kolkata (India)