Interview with Filmmaker Naumi Barua (A PERFECT STEP)

A PERFECT STEP was the winner of BEST FILM at the July 2022 SPORTS & RECREATION Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

When I met Kiran Upadhya, through my friend Saraswathi (co-producer), who is Kiran’s taekwondo student, I was amazed to see this master so passionate in this Artform, and helping in empowering women. As we discussed, the common point, which made me think of making this film was, we both loved the philosophy behind this martial art form. That with continuous practice, the mind, body and the soul come into a state of balance, brings self-awareness, wisdom. These aspects of life is much needed in this chaotic world today.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

It took me four years from the idea to the completion of my film.

3. How would you describe your film in two words!?

Life philosophy

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Finance and the pandemic.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

When I saw the audience reactions, I was elated, first thing which crossed my mind was, we are all interconnected, that my idea can resonate with so many across the globe. I can only be grateful.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

My parents instilled the ‘concept of creativity’ to me and my sister during our childhood, from writing our own home plays and our parents being our audience to the beautiful plantation in our garden, they would supervise the color combination of the garden, by telling us not to pluck flowers, as they have sensations too and so on and so forth. And I was so fortunate to meet my husband with the same values.

All this made me think of venturing into a field, I was familiar with. Hence, after exploring other creative courses, I thought of studying Film and Television production in Mumbai, India. After that, I made many documentaries and commissioned programs for National television.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

I watch documentaries, and fiction films of all genres.

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

First of all I must say, a film festival giving importance to sports, is the best thing you all have done. As I was a swimmer national level, I give a lot of importance to sports. And maybe at the back of mind, being a sportsperson, I thought of making the film, A Perfect Step…

However, as documentaries do not have a big market as opposed to fiction films, it would be so nice if the award winning films in your festival get television time slots and the filmmakers gets some help financially. Or any other way for the award winning filmmaker to be benefitted financially, so that the filmmaker, gets encouraged to make more documentaries.

9. You submitted to the festival via Film Freeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?

Film Freeway, has given me the opportunity, to showcase my films worldwide.

10. What is your favorite meal?

After my intermittent fasting, anything which I have is my favorite meal. Preferably I love Indian food.

11. What is next for you? A new film?

I am working on some ideas of a very short fiction film, and planning to do a feature film in the near future.


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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