‘Dhoolpet Ganesha’: Tales from the festival

Anantha Perumal’s documentary captures the flavour of Hyderabad’s revelries during Ganesh Chaturthi.

By Author  |  Published: 30th Sep 2018  11:45 pmUpdated: 30th Sep 2018  5:48 pm
Dhoolpet Ganesha

While there are many regular ways to reach out to audience as a film maker, Anantha Perumal, a Hyderabad-based independent film maker has chosen a unique way to do that. Screening it in different places of the city starting from September 16, his recent project ‘Dhoolpet Ganesha’ — a Telugu documentary is gaining accolades from movie lovers.

“The primary idea is to conduct screenings at a lot of places covering the city and eventually taking it into the deeper pockets of Telangana without charging any money. Also, to indulge in discussions with the audience after watching the documentary which emerges a story of a community during the nine-day festival of Lord Ganesha,” says Anantha.

Anantha Perumal

The 86-minute documentary that was shot during the Ganesh Chaturthi in 2013, showcases

raw footage with different kinds of people and their perception towards the festival. The perceptions include things like getting drenched in the aura of festivities, finding ways to wade through inevitable financial crunches, personal disputes, and the larger unanticipated ordeals of equipment malfunctions.

“The original idea was to make a documentary on celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi in the city, but we changed our idea to make a documentary on celebrations of a single community starting from buying a Ganesha Idol from Dhoolpet till the immersion of the idol,” he said.

The total footage shot was 34-hours long and the whole documentary was edited by Anantha himself which he feels is the most difficult part in the whole journey of making the documentary. The team shot Dhoolpet Ganesha and Sheeshmahel (2016) back-to-back. Anantha continued to edit Dhoolpet Ganesha and Sasi Camp went on to shoot Sheeshmahal.

The film was shot in 13 days. Even though Anantha had access to DSLR cameras, he chose to shoot on a GoPro to keep the atmosphere natural and relaxed. He felt that a smaller camera is perfect for capturing candid shots and getting close to subjects that need attention without infringing the space.

Anantha shares that the journey has taught him a new way of filmmaking and a special way to connect and interact with the audience. He is also planning an India-wide tour by the end of October to showcase the real flavour of Hyderabad to the entire country.