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For Those That Watch Me Dream

Nobody believes Jugni when she says that she’s living in a film. All her lover wants is for her to tell him she loves him. But that’s how films end and she doesn’t want to lose him. Jugni knows that the filmmaker is watching her from the panopticon tower with his camera and his crew waiting to call ‘Cut!’. Jugni struggles to survive when even her dreams become a battlefield.

  • Terence Hari-Fernandes
    Uninvited, Ruhaan, Starchild, Doori
  • Terence Hari-Fernandes
    Doori, Starchild
  • Archit Malhotra
  • Aishwarya Chaudhary
    Key Cast
    Starchild, Yeh Ballet, A Viral Wedding, College Romance, Doori
  • Harnam Singh Sandhu
    Key Cast
    Seven Feet, Made In Heaven, Mirchi Cafe
  • Raj
    Key Cast
    Sacred Games, Ruhaan, Ghaate Ka Sauda
  • Shivam Gupta
    Key Cast
    Oass, Sorry... Love You, Batti Gul Meter Chalu
  • Hemant Pandey
    Key Cast
  • Maitreya Sanghvi
    Director's Assistant
  • Aakash Gupta
    Assistant Director
  • August Cafe
    Location Courtesy
  • ANBR
  • Kevin Rathod
    Uninvited, Ruhaan, Doori
  • Terence Hari-Fernandes
  • Terence Hari-Fernandes
    Uninvited, Ruhaan, Kya Bolta Bantai, Gau Premi
  • LHQ
    Visual Effects
  • Arif Chagla
    Sync Sound
  • Terence Hari-Fernandes
    Sync Sound
  • Arif Chagla
    Sound Design & Mix
    Ruhaan, Starchild, Chaman Bahaar
  • Nandkumar Mestry
    Boom Operator
    Maunraag, Shikara, Tryst with Destiny
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Surreal
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
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  • Language:
    English, Hindi
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Distribution Information
  • Lekh-Haq
    Sales Agent
    Country: India
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Terence Hari-Fernandes

At 16, Terence-Hari Fernandes was the youngest playwright to ever put up a play at the St. Andrews Auditorium, Mumbai. By 18 he had staged his plays all over Mumbai, including the Ravindra Natya Mandir and NCPA's revered 'Experimental Stage'.
He'd also written three novels by this time but this was 2015 and the publishing landscape in India was going through a mid-life crisis. He jumped to films.
By 2020 he'd founded a technology start-up and made over a dozen short films and music videos that have travelled the world. He'd worked with brands like Vice, Discovery, Hotstar, Netflix and more.
Lekh-Haq is his latest creative venture that aims to create films that make ideas and brands irresistible.

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Director Statement

“For Those That Watch Me Dream” is a semi-autobiographical film about young actors and filmmakers in Bombay. It’s about a time in my life when the proverbial ‘dream’ started to take on far more colours. The dream I saw other people obsessed with was to perform, however, it rarely ended with the audition, with the shoot. The performance spilled over into their personal life, their interpersonal relationships. The dream was consuming them. What happens, therefore, when the dream itself becomes a crucible of performance, a stage. Who are you performing for in your dreams?
The film was constructed from scenes shot over the course of three years using real actors filmed in their downtime, having conversations that, to me, describe their real life hopes, dreams, ambitions and relationships. It isn’t the classical Bollywoodisation of an actor’s life in Bombay that shows the cliched producer-actor grind. It’s about the dingy apartments where they meet, where they bare their souls, where they perform themselves, their intimacy. Capturing their lived-in reality through an absurdist lens was the only way I knew to investigate their story. To be true about what could only be described as inherently untrue.
The film sprawls itself out in an overlapping fashion bringing the various threads that makeup the protagonist’s hope and anxiety and bring them in conflict with not just other actors, casting directors and partners but also with the directors who control them and the audience that validates them beyond the fourth wall.
“For Those That Watch Me Dream” is a character study of a woman driven to the brink and back in pursuit of her ‘dream’ of becoming an actor told through the perspective of her dreams and waking life... provided one can tell the difference.