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Chirag (Lamp)

Chirag is an adaptation of Ruskin Bond's story 'The Thief'. The story revolves around two characters Chirag and Ashwath. Chirag a stranger teen gets employed as a house help guy at Ashwath's house. Over time they grow a bonding and trust as Ashwath starts to mentor him; will Chirag keep up the trust?

  • Syed Usman Ahmed
  • National Institute of Design
  • Shruhad Gowsami
    Key Cast
  • Chinmay Singh
    Key Cast
    "Ashwath "
  • Vivek Gopinath
  • Arjun Lal
    Additional Cinematographer
  • Syed Usman Ahmed
    Additional Cinematographer
  • Syed Usman Ahmed
  • Syed Usman Ahmed
    Adapted Story & Screenplay
  • Azhar Kn
    Sound Design & Additional Edit
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    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 28, 2018
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    Digital H.264
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Director Biography - Syed Usman Ahmed

Syed Usman Ahmed is currently pursuing Master of Design in Film & Video Communication at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India. Earlier he studied Bachelor of Visual Communication and worked as an Assistant Director in the Ad Film Industry in Bangalore. Along with direction, he is also passionate about Cinematography. The documentary film 'Scarred' which he shot as a cinematographer has been screen at International Documentary & Short Film Festival of Kerala 2017, San Mauro Film Festival - Turin, Afghanistan International Human Rights Film Festival, Mumbai International Women's Film Festival. He won the Best Cinematographer Award for the documentary film 'Scarred' at Rolling Frames Short Film Summit 2014. He believes that honest storytelling through film is the highest form of communication, which has the power to provoke, shape thoughts, address issues and create social awareness. His stories revolve around these themes Old age, Children, Anglo Indians and Education.

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Director Statement

The film Chirag was made as a Fiction Film Design Project at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India. After research on illiteracy and education, I chose to make a fiction film in this direction. The original story 'The Thief' by Ruskin Bond was adapted and set into the contemporary Ahmedabad context. As a director, I wanted to create a subtle piece of cinema in a simple yet innocent world which is mirroring human trust and the dwelling emotions connected to spaces and a specific person, layering it with empathy and gradual awakening.