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Director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri offers online film classes

Agnihotri is reaching out to amateur filmmakers who may be looking to get tips with their first short film.

Photo: Courtesy Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri on Facebook

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After painting some artwork to sell for daily-wagers, filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri is using his time to offer online film classes and help others hone their skills.

The director of The Tashkent Files (2019) said in a press release, "I have decided to conduct these free masterclasses every alternate day till the time we are quarantined. My idea is to help people learn new skills and also to use their time creatively. Else, society will get into depression.

"Everyone has stories, but they don't know how to tell these stories. My goal is to ensure that by 15 April at least a couple of housewives and five or six young people end up making short films sitting in their homes without spending a penny," he added.

The filmmaker was due to begin shooting for his next project, The Kashmir Files, from 16 March, but production has been halted in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide lockdown until mid-April.