The filmmaker’s 200-year- old ancestral house in a remote village in Karnataka, India is dismantled, giving an opportunity for him to undertake a journey into a past that he shares not only with his extended family, but also with successive generations of India’s rural population. A realisation of the inevitability of a transition marks this journey that could well be the journey of a country that has propelled itself into modernity. As plans are on for the house to get reconstructed elsewhere in an open air museum, out of its original context - the fossilization seems to be complete.
Ramchandra PN is an Indian moviemaker based in the city of Mumbai, India. He is a 1991 ‘Screenplay writing and Direction’ graduate from the ‘Film and TV Institute of India’, Asia’s premier film school situated in Poona in India. Over the years, he has been making documentaries, features, short films and TV programs. His first feature film SUDDHA (The Cleansing Rites) in Tulu language won him the Best Indian Film at the Osian Cinefan Festival of Asian Films, New Delhi Indian 2006. It also won him a Hubert Bals exhibition grant in the following year through which he showed the film in over hundred Tulu speaking villages in Coastal Karnataka South India. His second feature film PUTAANI PARTY (The Kid Gang) in Kannada language won the Best Children’s film at the Indian National Film Awards in 2009. It was also in consideration for nomination for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. His third feature HAAL-E-KANGAAL (The Bankrupts) in Hindi language has just been completed and hopes to be screened in film festivals. He is also involved occasionally in film studies and academics conducting film workshops in various institutions.