Pilibhit (The Yellow Wall)
Ashutosh Chaturvedi, Pankaj Mavchi
India. 2020. 23 min
Inspired from true stories, Siraj, a righteous, impoverished flute maker, resides at the edge of the forests of Pilibhit, North India, where man eating tigers thrive. His mounting livelihood pressures and tragedies corner him to take a drastic measure that threatens to tear down his values and a loved one.
ASHUTOSH CHATURVEDI / PANKAJ MAVCHI
Ashutosh Chaturvedi completed his Masters in Mass Communication in 2001 from Pune, India. He has worked in various creative capacities in television productions and pursued Hindi theatre. He later joined Sony Entertainment Network India.
Having grown up in different parts of India, Pankaj Mavchi finished his MBA and pursued a corporate job at Sony Entertainment Network India.
To pursue their passion for film making both quit their jobs and co-founded their production company, The House of Story. They have written Hindi daily soaps for television. They have written, produced and directed their first short film Pilibhit and recently finished writing their first feature film which they look forward to direct in the coming year.
At what point does one give up? Consu med in our life, when we came across the stories of man – animal conflict along with economic hardships faced by the people in the region of Pilibhit, it did shock us. But gradually it compelled us to examine what nudges the people into a corner until they crumble under its weight. How a person’s downward spiraling circumstances triggers helplessness, loss of control and eventually drains out his dignity, humanity, and will to fightback. What he ends up sacrificing to survive is much deeper than what’s apparent on surface. Even though the film is set in a region far away from our city life, it made us realize how eerily similar our own responses to hardships are.