By Tenzin Nyidon
DHARAMSHALA, June 2: Tibetan filmmaker Shenpenn Khymsar is set to work with ace Indian actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui of the hit Bollywood hit film series Gangs of Wasseypur fame, in his upcoming international project titled ‘KARMA: Running to Stand Still’ and is inspired by Khymsar’s venture into Buddhism, samsara and karma.
Writer-director Khymsar took to his social media handle to announce his collaboration with the Indian actor adding, the film has been scheduled to begin production early next year. He also said that the script for the feature film took little over 10 years, about six years of back-and-forth meeting with the actor and that quarter of the film is set to be shot in Sikkim and rest in New York City. Hollywood cinematographer Brandon Cox will also be working beside Khymsar on the feature film.
In a video uploaded by Khymsar on his social media platform, both Siddiqui and Khymsar shared their excitement to collaborate and are looking forward to filming the dark exciting story. “Nawaz and I are both inspired by the Dalai Lama and have imbibed his teachings in our personal lives. We will seek a private audience with the Dalai Lama before the film takes off next year,” said Khymsar.
He is well-known for his first feature film “Broken Wings” which addresses the socially and politically conscious human rights crusade during the post-1986 Gorkhaland agitation in Darjeeling against the backdrop of a tragic love story. His other work includes, Journey of a Dream (2011), Jigden the Beginning of the End (2017), Khorwa the Cycle (2018) and Lhasa Blues (2018).
Most of Khymsar’s work delves into profound themes such as identity, social injustice, and indoctrination. He is currently directing and is scheduled to finish his latest project “Four Rivers Six Ranges” in late September.