Mausams is an extremely low budget feature film that was made purely out of passion for film making by a group of individuals, most of whose association with films is otherwise confined to simply watching them. In spite of its humble background, Mausams had multiple screenings in Singapore and India and was also accepted to four film festivals.
WINNER, SILVER SCREEN AWARD, NEVADA FILM FESTIVAL 2011, LAS VEGAS
OFFICIAL SELECTION, DELHI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012, INDIA
OFFICIAL SELECTION, DHAKA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012, BANGLADESH
OFFICIAL SELECTION, SILENT RIVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011, IRVINE, CALIFORNIA
Life falls far too easily into a routine. It could be difficult to notice it but not too difficult to get out of it once noticed. Sometimes all it takes to break the monotony is a crazy idea.
And this is what happens in the life of Shalini. Doing work that she hates and having a husband who is forever too busy, she is badly in need of something fun to do. That is when she comes across an old, forgotten script. And in a flash of inspiration, she decides to stage a play!
This crazy idea brings together a bunch of old friends and Mausams tells the story of this crazy bunch as they cross each other’s paths over the days that build up to the play.
The film follows a simple point of view: Like Mausams (seasons), things always change. It’s not always bright and sunny. It’s not always cold and chilly. But with some initiative, loads of optimism and a little bit of luck, you can still manage to smile no matter what season you are in.
- Every single person in the Mausams cast and crew has full time jobs in either business or technical roles. The only exceptions are the cinematographer who is a full time computing student and the baby in the cast who is yet to determine his line of work.
- Mausams was shot over a span of 8 weekends as weekdays were usually fully consumed by work and personal commitments of the team.
- No member of Mausams cast or crew has taken a course in anything related to film making or acting.
- The youngest cast member of Mausams was 6 months old at the time of shooting.
- The film was shot at various locations in Singapore, mostly involving the director’s and cast members’ residences.
- A total of 35 hours of footage was canned which was edited to approximately 2 hours of running time.
- The biggest scene in Mausams involved a cast of 80.
- The key equipment used for the shoot were a borrowed Panasonic DVX camera, two Ikea lamps for lighting and occasionally, a A4 white sheet of paper as reflector. There were no extra lights, trolleys, dollies, reflectors etc. used.
- The entire dubbing for Mausams was done in the director’s study room with a microphone and Garageband (Apple sound editing software).
- Mausams had people from 4 different cities (Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Chennai, Mumbai) working on its post production.
- From the scripting to the final render of the film, Mausams took a total of 1 year and 5 months to be completed.