Directing the eye with Shakun Batra

About the event

Who decides where you look? ‘Directing the Eye’ celebrates and analyses the evolution of visual storytelling in cinema.

After a fantastic first session with Director Achal Mishra and DOP Anand Bansal, followed by a presentation by the eminent filmmaker Anand Gandhi the event is back for its third edition.

Shakun Batra is the director and co-writer of the widely acclaimed family drama – ‘Kapoor & Sons (since 1921)’ and domestic noir ‘Gehraiyaan’. Since his debut, Shakun’s films have gone on to win 5 Filmfare awards, including best story and screenplay for Shakun. At 39, he’s already made three successful feature films, all backed by a powerhouse studio – Dharma Productions. With ‘Gehraiyaan’, Shakun made his first foray as a producer and established his production house ‘Jouska Films’.

He’s proven his versatility across genres when he directed the hilarious ‘Alia Bhatt – Genius of the Year’ in 2014, which went viral and became the second most watched YouTube video in India that year. He’s also directed several commercials for Google, VW, Philips and has worked with renowned international celebrities like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Priyanka Chopra and Shahrukh Khan.

See you there!

Date: 19th July , 2023 Wednesday | Time : 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Venue: IFBE, 10-12, Calicut Rd, Ballard Estate, Fort, Mumbai

*Registrations now closed*

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The Ice Factory at Ballard Estate (IFBE) is an experimental laboratory for transdisciplinary practices across modern and contemporary architecture, art, and pedagogy. The conserved and refashioned structure is itself a historical object; its complexity, diversity, and paradoxical forms of architecture are instruments for the invention of knowledge. Malik Architecture has created an architecture that does not settle, one with spaces to breathe through a crystallization and mutation of traditional, modern, and contemporary experiments. A century-old embodiment... of “the dreams that stuff is made of.” IFBE’s community of architects, artists, scholars, and students exists in the expanding complexity and multiplicity of the present without sacrificing a fidelity to pasts and archiving, to build and chronicle in the here and now, what Reinhard Koselleck felicitously called “futures past.”