Mumbai, Feb 20 : Filmmakers Anurag Basu
and Vikramaditya Motwane
are set to guide 15 budding directors as part of a new initiative.
duo will mentor 15 fresh filmmakers, who will get to show a 10-minute
short film each as part of 'Humara Movie Mentor Talent for Filmmaking'
-- a section at the Wassup! Andheri festival, which begins here Feb 28.
Basu, who won awards for his film "Barfi!", said he was jealous of the
talents who will get a chance to showcase their work through the
"Unfortunately, when we started off, we didn't have
anybody to guide us. We wanted to make films, but we didn't get proper
"I used to wait for many hours to meet the directors
and I had a real tough time. These kinds of initiatives will help these
new breed of talents," Anurag Basu
told reporters here Wednesday.
"I'm so jealous that we didn't have this kind of stuff during our times," he added.
with him, Motwane, who got his first big Bollywood break with "Udaan",
said: "We had a bad time. Back then, it was not easy to make a mark. I
wish we had these kind of initiatives in our times. We will take these
talents under our wings."
He said earlier it was difficult to make a short film, but the situation has changed.
it was so tough to make short film... to hire cameras was so expensive!
But now one can shoot a short film on a phone and get it edited. Things
have changed, and for the better," said Motwane.
is a four-day fest which will celebrate the socio-cultural spirit of
the city of Mumbai and serve as a platform for different art forms such
as filmmaking, painting, photography, theatre, literature, fashion,
culinary, music and dance.