Travelling Light is a film production house that is not based out of anywhere, but has homes in Calcutta, Bombay and Brussels.
Our focus is on facilitation, and to help people make films. We have two wings, one which produces, co-produces and/or develops feature films where we are involved at an early stage. Films that our team has produced earlier include the UK-India Co-production Brahman Naman, or Madhureeta Anand’s Kajarya.
The second wing is an experienced and talented team which overlooks line productions of international and home-grown feature films (for example, Jeffrey Brown’s Sold or Eric Gravel’s french film Crash Test Aglae) as well as short films, tv series and commercials.
Founded by Safdar Rahman and Celine Loop, Travelling Light intends to be involved in globally relevant content, inside a locally rooted milieu.
Celine is a deep-sea diver who also graduated as a lawyer with a specialization in Intellectual Property Rights law in Belgium and came to India as a backpacker in 2008. After falling in love with the country and spending a year working at the erstwhile Amarchand Mangaldas she consequently set up the Indian operations for Belgian law firm Darts IP. Then, suddenly, Celine somehow found herself at the forefront of a wave of independent Indian cinema. She had been a partner and producer at Oddjoint for 6 years before venturing out with Travelling Light, and has a filmography that stretches to 8 films. Her films have shown at festivals all across the world including the Berlinale, Sundance, Rome and Sitges. She also runs a Belgian film production company which calls itself What About? Productions.
Tanaji is a producer, actor, director based out of Mumbai and Calcutta. He has written and produced The Hungry- an adaptation of Willian Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, which is a film being made in collaboration with Film London and Cinestaan. Before this, Tanaji has worked as an Executive Producer on countless films including Oscar-winner Jeffrey Brown’s Sold and Q’s Tasher Desh. Tanaji has worn many hats over the years, and is a resident expert on how to deal with things going wrong (he hopes to not have to use this expertise too much in the future). He is also a renowned name on the Calcutta theatre circuit, having co-founded Tin Can, one of Calcutta’s biggest breakthrough theatre companies of the 2000s.
At travelling light, Sree is a resident Zen Master. While being a full-time educator (she runs the non-profit red lorry yellow lorry) Sree doubles up for the team as an assistant director, as an artist, as a singer, as a production designer, as a voiceover artist and mostly as an expert problem-solver. As the adage goes, there is nothing that Sree can’t do.
Sayan is a line producer and production manager with experience of over 50 films. From first starting his journey from the cult Suman Mukopadhyay film Herbert to now line producing international feature films like Crash Test Aglae, Sayan has gained the reputation of being the single most trustworthy and useful human being in Calcutta. If you have a problem, you know who’s number you should be carrying.
Jerrin first walked into the team as an intern in end 2015 with the production of Crash Test Aglae. Since then, he has turned into a monster of a production executive, having worked on feature films including Kahaani 2 and Te3n apart from having countless short films and shoots under his belt, including the hit Parekh&Singh music video ‘I love you baby, I love you doll’. Jerrin is also an enthusiastic beatboxer and a footballing force on Fifa ’16.
Rajdeep is the proud winner of the most nostalgic human being award at Travelling Light. One of Calcutta's most talented young editors, Rajdeep has edited the next Coke Studio Peninsula Studios season that is due to be out soon, apart from being the Associate Director on Cat Sticks, and having edited a number of short films for companies such as Terribly Tiny Tales and other music videos.
Adrija is all things art and design. An illustrator/ graphic designer/ animator/ artist who's been published multiple times, Adrija will be a part of the Harper Collins' 2017 Annual Longform compilation. Her infectious high pitched laughter rings through the Travelling Light office and all the work we do everyday, and that joy finds itself in all the work that she does. She is also the person responsible for this website, amongst other things.
Anjali is a product of Srishti School of Art and Design, Bangalore and as an art director, packs in a rather mean punch in a petite frame. She has been on the Art team for Cat Sticks and on a Wes Anderson-inspired Parekh and Singh video, which famously got a nod from Wes Anderson himself. Her efficiency is rare to find in a place like Calcutta, which makes her an asset on every film set she is a part of.
CHIPPAThe underbelly of Calcutta lies squarely on top of its belly. In the middle of the chaos and bang in the center of the city is an over-the-top and underground mohalla called Park Circus. Inside Park Circus, you can rarely separate houses, buildings, shops, gutters, lives; they all mix and intertwine into one heavy concoction. Inside this concoction, on a footpath outside Chittaranjan Hospital, lives a ten-year old boy Chippa, who has decided he wants to break free. His fantastical and mundane journey through the night leads him to, and away from, policemen, lashing rain, a taxi driver with a garden on top of his taxi, a football match, a post box getting cleared, a drunken brawl outside a nightclub, and a brief encounter with Paris. In the wee hours of the morning, Chippa is returned home, battered and bruised in body but not in spirit, his little bag of knick-knacks tucked securely under his arms, with a new friend that he made while negotiating his night of freedom, a little pup whom his calls Pippa.
HOUMAHouma is an important story that must be told in today’s times, because it not only defies our expectations of Muslim women, it also creates a more complex image of what is called the “Third World”, where poor people may also turn out to be artists, where men and boys may also be feminists (as in the case of Roshan and Sujoy), where change and tradition clash in fascinating ways. In the context of India, the story is especially important right now because while conversations about violence against women have reached a fevered pitch, crimes against women continue unabated.
YOURSRani, 33, a sex worker, belonging to the cult of the Goddess Yellamma, announces to her family that she has to go on a pilgrimage. While on the road,she recollects her tumultuous teenage affair with Renuka, a free-spirited prostitute, currently serving a life sentence for murder. Rani is on her way to visit her in prison.