Once gain Ajita’s film has made it to the Oscars. Her student short film, Notes on Her, was India’s official entry in the Shorts section in 2003. Now, her latest movie Ballad of Rustom found a place in Oscar list. “It feels great to have been shortlisted from over 4000 films from across the world. It is a huge endorsement for independent Indian cinema. What’s most gratifying is that the film has been selected for the craftsmanship and technical quality,” shares Ajita.
“The film is constantly shifting between reality and dreams of Rustom. We couldn’t have achieved that painting like quality with digital cameras,” says Ajita, adding, “We did not even use DI and edited it the traditional way of cutting the negative. We used the bleach bypass technique to achieve a desaturated, hi-contrast look for the visuals that give it the feel of a painting.”