MIT alumnus heads to Cannes with debut short film

MIT alumnus heads to Cannes with debut short film

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-05-13 19:52 Manipal: Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) alumnus Bhaskar Upadhyaya, who gave up up his IT job to pursue his childhood dream of making movies, has made a name for himself in just two years.Bhaskar's debut short film Tez - which received an official selection at the 6th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival and the 16th International Film Festival, Jaipur - will also be exhibited in the ‘Short Film Corner’ Section of the 69th Cannes International Film Festival on May 15. Bhaskar, a budding film director and the founder of Eastern Green Pictures, was a Computer Science student in the 2008-12 batch.Tez is a story of a father who abandons his new born girl child as he had hoped for a boy. However, the world turns topsy-turvy for the father when realisation dawns on him. Bhaskar is currently at work on ULKA, a full length Assamese feature film.Having graduated from Manipal University, Bhaskar did a short stint with Honeywell and Oracle in Bengaluru. “I worked as an engineer for Honeywell Aerospace and Oracle after my college. It was at that point that the entrepreneurship bug bit me. While studying at Manipal, my thought process gradually got structured,” said Bhaskar. “I think for any idea to be conveyed to the masses, audio-visual is a very strong medium,” Bhaskar added.“As a youngster, I’ve always had this craving for movies and would watch with a critic’s eye. When I was in the 11th standard, I attended a film festival shown at the Siri Fort Auditorium in Delhi. That urge deep inside me started surfacing gradually and I decided to bite the bait when I was working at Oracle. My upbringing was very positive I feel now. I give all credit to my parents who instilled confidence in me to move on in life," Bhaskar said.