A 15-year-old student of Apeejay School Pitampura, Mudit Muraka come up with a short film " The Mirror" which recently won the international filmmaking competition 'Faith Shorts' organized by Tony Blair Faith Foundation.
Mudit Muraka from Apeejay School attended a red carpet event at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in London and received the trophy from Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister and head of the foundation.
Besides, what could have been a more prestigious award for Mudit, than getting his movie screened at the British Academy Awards (BAFTA)? He along with his family got a free trip to London, walked the red carpet at BAFTA and got an opportunity to share stage with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Expressing his happiness to be present in the event he mentions "The experience is yet to sink in. I knew I would be shortlisted but I did not expect to bag the award. Competing with international contenders and getting judged by international directors was a big target. I think it was my passion towards story-telling that made me win this competition of international repute," The young filmmaker, who loves to read and write, also competed with students of his own school who made it to the final 15.
"The theme was, 'what faith means to young people and how they can express it in their own words on a global stage.' We all have certain beliefs. In my case I know I am a good story-teller. So I used this instinct to make a movie. After plenty of discussions with my parents and friends I came up with 'The Mirror' which showcases personal opinion on battling stereotypes prevailing in the modern world."
The 15-year-old made his foray into live action filmmaking when he was just 12. "I
was in Std VI when my parents introduced me to a film-making course. I learnt animation and started to work on slide shows. When I was in VIII I began with live action too," says Mudit, who shot The Mirror composed the music for it and edited it, without any assistance. "The idea was to make something personal, so I did everything related to the movie myself," says Mudit.
Notes to Editor
Apeejay Education Society (AES)
Apeejay Education Society is committed to quality education of global dimensions leading to man-making and nation building. Established by eminent industrialist, educationist, philanthropist and freedom fighter Dr. Stya Paul, AES is a social commitment of Apeejay Stya &Svran Group that has set up not-for-profit educational institutions across the country. The Society is an educational platform where scientific and career-building knowledge have been provided along with inculcation of values and an appreciation of Indian culture, arts and heritage. Starting with a small school in Jalandhar in 1967, the AES now encompasses 13 schools, 16 institutions of higher learning and India's first Liberal Arts & Meta University- Apeejay Stya University which have flowered to become symbols of excellence in their various disciplines, moulding the lives and careers of future generations of the country. With 60,000 strong alumni and over 32,000 students, the AES continuously endeavors to give to the world - Apeejayites - who can win the hearts and minds of others, put service before self, and retain their humility and values even as they soar high and conquer the world.