Karan Johar, Shakun Batra celebrate friendship with short film

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Directors Karan Johar and Shakun Batra have come together to celebrate the spirit of friendship through a 15-minute short film "Strangers in the Night" exploring opposing ideas about love.

The film was screened at the Chivas Studio 2012 last night, where the theme was to celebrate the spirit of friendship through 'luxury, cinema, art, music'.

The film explored the story of two young lawyer friends who have opposite ideas about love and how a chance encounter one night changes their outlook completely.

  "I have received such a great response to my first short film that I am considering switching over to it completely. I was in a sense trying to redeem myself here," said Batra, who admitted to making not-so-good short films at film school.

The outdoor setting for his film was in the backdrop of designer Rohit Bal's urban, contemporary take on the traditional Indian 'mela' titled 'Tamaasha'.

It had towering firkis, the huge replica of a man walking a tight-rope and balloons all done in steel. Besides this, there were 15-feet high puppets balanced by people who walked among the attendees as well as small stalls of candy floss and chaat scattered around along with Bal's creations hanging in different corners at the venue without the aid of models.

"The idea was to take a very common Indian phenomenon of the 'mela' and make it into this contemporary, urban event while still being true to the original experience," Bal said.

The fact that models are not walking the ramp wearing his creations, which have been put on display alongside a chaat stall, did not seem to bother Bal at all.

"It has never been done before and working on it was very exciting," he added pointing out that "creativity has no end". That is the belief to which he credits his ability to move into several different ventures, apart from his designing work.

He has been in the restaurant business for almost seven years now, designs carpets, does interiors and is now turning an author.

"I am currently working on two books, one that explores fashion in India and the other a pictorial one that will showcase my work done in past 24 years," Bal told PTI.

The Indian designer listed founders of Chanel brand Coco Chanel, British designer John Galliano, Maharani Gayatri Devi and the French queen Marie Antoinette among some of his fashion icons. He believes that fashion is not just about the clothes one wears. "It's an entire lifestyle."

At the end of the film screening, Bal took the stage to introduce Batra to the audience. The cast of "Strangers in the Night" - Mohit Marwah, Karan Pandit, Saba Azad and Yolanda Mclellan were also present at the event.

The two-day event, which kicked off on Saturday, will feature composer and musician Karsh Kale on the second day where he will be presenting his music alongside his new band Karsh Kale Collective. PTI

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