INTERVIEW: Indie Filmmaker Vishvak Prakkruth

Hi Vishvak, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been great, especially now that my film Heartbreak Hotel is finally done.

How were you drawn into the world of filmmaking?

Having grown up in a city and country where cinema has always been a major influence on society, I was fascinated by the power of the medium. I was also introduced to the world of films as a child actor at a very young age. Having spent a significant part of my life around filmmakers and sets, I always knew that this was my path in life.

The transition from child actor to independent filmmaker must have been quite challenging, can you tell us more about that?

After completing my undergrad, I moved to Mumbai where I started my own production company and specialized in short-form content for brands and talent, designed and delivered exclusively for a digital audience. This was a great way for me to learn and improve my skills as a filmmaker. I always wanted to move to New York City and be a part of a more independent scene, which I believe to have scope for some great stories. Since moving to New York, I have been working on many short films and music videos, consistently improving my craft as a Director and Cinematographer.

What was it like to move from short films and commercials to your first feature film?

As a filmmaker with varied interests, I’ve always been curious to find my true voice as an artist and a feature film was the only remaining experiment. I had the idea for Heartbreak Hotel one day and decided to pursue it. I was very fortunate to have been supported by some incredible actors and filmmakers in the process. Now that I have completed my first feature film, I feel like I finally found myself as a filmmaker, and hope to continue making more feature films, web-series and long-form content in the future.

Can you tell us more about your feature film Heartbreak Hotel?

Heartbreak Hotel is a comedy-drama that’s set in a New York City bar. It revolves around 6 strangers who get trapped and the chaos that follows. The film is a deeper look at how people don’t interact with others much these days, even if they were drinking all alone at a bar. I’ve always felt that there’s no better therapy than opening up and sharing, that’s exactly what I wanted to write about. So yeah, the film is a look at what happens when we disconnect from all our technology and actually talk to the people next to us.

What would you say is the most challenging thing about the project?

To be honest, the whole process has been challenging, filmmaking to me has always been about outgrowing myself as a human being. The films themselves are just a result of that process. I think one of the most challenging aspects of Heartbreak Hotel was shooting on the coldest day of the year. The heaters in the location were not working and we had to buy space heaters which everyone circled around to stay warm. It’s amazing how dedicated this team of actors and filmmakers were. Another challenge has been editing the film myself, especially since I’ve been so attached to the project in so many ways. I’ve learned a lot through this process and will definitely keep them in mind for my next projects.

What can we expect next from Vishvak Prakkruth?

I’m currently developing multiple scripts that I hope to produce over the next 2-3 years. I strongly feel like the filmmaking and viewing experience is going through a complete change, and I wish to be a part of the movement that might potentially define the new decade of digital content. It’s an exciting time to be an independent filmmaker.

(Keep up to date with Vishvak’s projects on his Instagram: @prakkruth)

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