Love Makes the Cut

2024-06-19 03:54:54

Ankit Kothari, Anureet Watta, Chinmoy Barma, Terence-Hari Fernandes, Debangana Kundu

Love Makes the Cut


February 19, 2022    
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registrations are now open for Love Makes the Cut! We collaborated with Lekh-Haq to curate three short films that explore the theme of ‘love’. Discover films that represent and imagine manifold expressions of the intricacies, abundance, and connectedness that can be found in the diverse experiences of love.

The film playlist includes:

Morome Ringiaai, dir. by Chinmoy Barma

Paanchika (Five Pebbles), dir. by Ankit Kothari

Kinaara, dir. by Anureet Watta

After a week of viewing these films, join us on 19th February for a conversation  between the filmmakers — Ankit Kothari, Anureet Watta, and Chinmoy Barma, co-hosted by Terence-Hari Fernandes and video content creator, Debangana Kundu. The conversation will explore the technical and creative aspects of these films and filmmaking while having honest conversations about the pitfalls and successes of these works.

Upon registration, you will receive a link to the viewing room where the films will be made available from February 12–20 as well as the Zoom Webinar link for the conversation being hosted on February 19th.

Presented in partnership with Lekh-Haq and supported by the Our Shared Cultural Heritage (OSCH) programme led by the British Council.

Ankit Kothari


After graduating in Fine Arts, Ankit Kothari worked in the advertising agencies such as Ogilvy. He was the Assistant Director and Script Supervisor to Indian feature films, like Oye Lucky Lucky Oye (2007), Love Sex aur Dhokha (2009) and Shanghai (2011). He recently completed his stint as the First Assistant Director for Tumbbad.

His script Dastaan-E-Awaargi was selected for the NFDC Screenwriters Lab, Sarajevo Film festival and The Film Bazaar at Goa. Paanchika (Five Pebbles) was selected for the opening film (Indian Panorama) at the International Film Festival Of India, 2020.

Anureet Watta


Anureet Watta is a poet and filmmaker based in New Delhi. Their works have appeared in the Bombay Review, South Asia Today and other magazines and journals. Their first collection of poems, Luster of a Burning Corpse was published in January 2021. Their debut short film, Kinaara (2021) was made on a zero budget and has been showcased in more than 10 international film festivals. They currently head the Delhi based artists’ organisation Forbidden Verses.

Chinmoy Barma


Chinmoy Barma is an Indian filmmaker, art blogger, mechanical engineer, writer and the creator of the critically acclaimed horror short film Ghorapak. He’s an all-rounder, who hails from Nalbari, Assam. Inspired by real-life stories, he makes versatile movies that are appreciated by a wider audience. His focus has been making cinema inspired by Assamese folktales.

Terence-Hari Fernandes

Founder, Lekh-Haq

At 16, Terence-Hari Fernandes was the youngest playwright to ever put up a play at the St. Andrews Auditorium, Mumbai. By 18,  he had staged his plays all over Mumbai, including the Ravindra Natya Mandir and NCPA’s revered Experimental Stage. He also wrote three novels before moving to films. In 2020, he founded a technology start-up and made over a dozen short films and music videos that have travelled the world. He has worked with brands like Vice, Discovery, Hotstar, Netflix and more. Lekh-Haq is his latest creative venture that aims to create films that make ideas and brands irresistible.

Debangana Kundu

Video Content Creator, MAP Bengaluru

Debangana Kundu is the video content creator at MAP Bengaluru. She joined the team as part of MAP’s collaboration with the British Council on the Our Shared Cultural Heritage (OSCH) programme. Based in Bengaluru, she has completed her Bachelors in Creative Arts with a major in Film and is on her way to making her first independent short film.

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