The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project

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The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project
The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project Poster1.jpg
The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project Poster
Directed by Srinivas Sunderrajan
Written by Srinivas Sunderrajan, Vijesh Rajan
Music by Sujil Sukumaran
Cinematography Hashim Badani
Edited by Srinivas Sunderrajan
Enter Guerrilla Productions
Release date
  • 26 October 2010 (2010-10-26)
Running time
75 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 40,000[1] (1000 USD$)

The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project is a 2010 Indian film produced and directed by independent filmmaker Srinivas Sunderrajan. It is a Hindi-English drama-thriller film with English subtitles shot on HDV[2] in black-and-white. It is touted as India's first Mumble Core film.[3][4][5] The film was shot entirely on location in Mumbai, India. It was screened at the 2010 Mumbai International Film Festival in the New Faces of Indian Cinema Section on 26 October 2010[6] and on 5 June 2011 at Transylvania International Film Festival in competition[7]


In a bustling office in Mumbai, Kartik Krishnan (Kartik Krishnan) sits behind his desk coding HTML websites when he chances upon a blog on cinema featuring Independent filmmakers. This sparks his intentions to make his own short film, thus leading him to contact Srinivas Sunderrajan (Vishwesh K), an independent filmmaker who had met Kartik's idol and famed director Quentin Tarantino at an international film festival, who in turn agrees to guide Kartik through the process.

As Kartik begins piecing the story, cast and screenplay together, several inexplicable phenomena start emerging in his life including a sinister stalker (D Santosh) dressed in official government clothing; and the sudden appearance of a strange future-telling antique toy.

Troubled with these bizarre developments and the unresolved feelings that he harbours for Swara Bhaskar (Swara Bhaskar), his colleague, Kartik embarks on an extraordinary journey that transcends love, life and logic itself.



The film was shot on weekends over nearly a year since most of the actors had day jobs and they could only afford to spare the weekend. Also, since there were no location permits, the cast and crew used to sometimes end up without a location for a week, which meant the shoot had to be shifted to the next week.[8] Since the cast were all good friends of Sunderrajan, they agreed to work for free.[9] A lot of the 'time stretch' happened because of location unavailability. And when the location was ready, the actors would be unavailable due to other commitments. True to guerrilla filmmaking, many times the extras and the crowd in the frames did not even know that shooting was being done.

At any given point of time, only the director, the cinematographer and the lead actor, and depending on which location was being filmed - the secondary character was present on the sets. Mid-way through shooting the original script, the main location (the protagonist's house) collapsed. One day the building was there, and the next day the third floor caved in on the second. And so the location was cordoned off, even though 60 percent of shooting was still left to be done at that location.[10]

The script was outlined, yet completely improvised by the actors with the director often giving the actors a free hand. In keeping with its meta fiction genre, the film's characters were named after the actors who played them and many instances in the film have been based on real events which transpired between the cast and crew.

The initial edit was done on a borrowed Macbook (in-between shooting days) and later the post production, VFX & Sound Design (Vijesh Rajan) of the film was done in a one-month time-span on a home computer so that it could be sent out within several film festivals' deadlines. After seeing an initial screening, director Anurag Kashyap helped to promote the film.[11]


  • In Competition, Berlin Asian Hot Shots Film Festival 2010[12]
  • New Faces, Mumbai International Film Festival 2010[13]
  • Dramatic Competition, South Asian International Film Festival, New York 2010[14]
  • In Competition, Transylvania International Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca, Romania 2011[15]


  1. ^ Namrat Joshi (8 March 2010). "A Little Thrift". Outlook. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Debesh Banerjee (28 November 2010). "Indie wallahs". Indian Express. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Kroll-Zaidi (15 February 2011). "Far From Bollywood: The New Indian Cinema in Exile". The New York Observer. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Steve Dollar (26 October 2010). "Kids Take Over the School". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Rachel Salz (21 October 2010). "A Wave of Indie Angst Hits South Asian Cinema". New York Times. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Harneet Singh (3 November 2012). "Past Present Future". Indian Express. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  7. ^ Boglarka Nagy (15 June 2011). "Indian Indie in Eastern Europe". DearCinema. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Sousan Hammad (2010). "India's First Mumblecore Filmmaker: An Interview with Srinivas Sunderrajan". South Asian International Film Festival. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Shot circuit". Deccan Chronicle. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  10. ^ Kartik Krishnan (16 February 2010). "Kartik Krishnan fills up the blanks of The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project". Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  11. ^ Arpita Nath (26 June 2010). "I make movies as I love cinema: Anurag". Times of India. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "A Tough Ride to Success". The Asian Age. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  13. ^ Namrata Joshi (15 November 2010). "The Arc's A Rainbow". Outlook. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  14. ^ Yolande D'Mello (24 October 2010). "Mumble in the jungle". Mid-Day. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  15. ^ Boglarka Nagy (15 June 2011). "Indian Indie in Eastern Europe". DearCinema. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 

16. ^ Shalini Seth (12 February 2011). "The New Indie Brigade". Yuva. Retrieved 28 March 2011.

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