Before The Third Bell

Abhishek Majumdar has emerged as a leading playwright and theatre director in
India over the last decade. His plays are urgently political yet universal in scope.
Before The Third Bell explores how he and his collaborating artists worked to create a
new production, Muktidham. The camera follows the director, actors and designers
for four months, from the early stages of rehearsal to opening night, to capture the
creative processes and thinking that led to the staging of the play.

  • Basav Biradar
  • Not applicable (Documentary)
  • Kadak Films (Basav Biradar)
  • Charu Sharma
  • Subramanya Shastri
    Sound Editing
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 5, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Hindi
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance 2018
    New York City, NY
    United States
    March 2, 2018
    North American Premier
    Official Selection
  • India Foundation for The Arts Screening
    September 27, 2017
    Offical Selection
Director Biography - Basav Biradar

Basav Biradar is a writer, documentary film maker, and theatre maker. He actively consults in heritage conservation, education and management projects. He also works as a heritage tour lead and teaches a course on cinema in Azim Premji University for postgraduate students. In his past life, he worked in the technology world for 13 years. His writing has appeared in The Hindu, National Geographic Traveller India, The News Minute and The Indian Express. His documentary film Before The Third Bell was selected for the New York Film Festival on Art in 2018. He lives in Bangalore. He is currently working on a film on ultra running.

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Director Statement

Although theatre thrives in India, films on the processes, people working in theatre are rare to come by. This has also meant that young people who are looking to understand theatre or work in theatre, have no references or archival material to look at. Hence, I felt the need to make this film, especially when we have a new wave of theatre making in India with artists such as Abhishek Majumdar.