First UAE short-film screenplay goes to the Oscar Library

pink-stillBy Jamil Khan | DUBAI

DUBAI: The debut short film ‘Pink’ directed by Abu Dhabi-based Indian director Arkus has been selected as the first short screenplay from UAE to be accepted into the Oscar Library.
In an exclusive interview with The Gulf Today, director Arkus shared the delight and the journey towards achieving the extraordinary response from different segments of the industry, including pundits.
After two years of intense struggle, Arkus, an engineering programme dropout, realised that technical education was not his cup of tea. “Therefore, I did my bachelors in commerce and my post-graduation in communication management. Finally, I learnt film-making at the New York Film Academy, Abu Dhabi,” he said.
He started his career as a communication consultant for the Government of Gujarat.Photo by Teesta Guha Sarkar

Photo by Teesta Guha Sarkar

He then moved to advertising with Ogilvy and Mather, one of the largest marketing communication companies in the world, where he handled various brands such as Vodafone, Tata Steel, and Goodricke. Currently, he works as an independent film-maker and a producer for Radio Mirchi in the UAE.
The ‘Pink’ is a story of a middle-aged Arab woman, Khadijah, suffering from depression and low self-esteem post her divorce. The divorce has scarred her and led her to believe that she is no longer beautiful. Thus, she goes out on a quest to look beautiful again. The film is in Arabic, but with English subtitles.
Regarding the film, he pointed that “although it technically lacks on many fronts, the film was immensely praised for its unique story line wherein the journey is more internal than external. In an age where media defines beauty…
-Published in The Gulf Today

~ by jamilkhan on October 12, 2015.

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