Movie of the Month


Film Title: The Fall

Event No : 16
Date of Screening : 8-Feb-2014
Venue and Time : Hotel Savera 10 am

Jayendra Panchapakesan

Tarsem Singh



At a Los Angeles hospital in the 1920s, Alexandria is a child recovering from a broken arm. She befriends Roy Walker, a movie stunt man with legs paralyzed after a fall. At her request, Roy tells her an elaborate story about six men of widely varied backgrounds who are on a quest to kill a corrupt provincial governor. Between chapters of the story, Roy inveigles Alexandria to scout the hospital's pharmacy for morphine. As Roy's fantastic tale nears its end, Death seems close at hand.

Language: English
Running Time: 117 mins
Release Date: May 30, 2008
Directed by: Tarsem Singh
Produced by: Tarsem Singh, Ajit Singh, Tommy Turtle
Written by: Tarsem Singh, Dan Gilroy, Nico Soultanakis
Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, Daniel Caltagirone
Music by: Krishna Levy
Shot by: Colin Watkinson
Editing by:
Robert Duffy, Spot Welders

About the Film

Visually minded filmmaker Tarsem Singh returns to the director's chair for the first time since The Cell (2000) with this psychologically complex tale of a hospitalized paraplegic with a curious knack for storytelling. Unable to free himself from his sterile confines, the immobile patient's deepest fears form the basis of a dark story that he shares with his young companion -- a little girl who visits his room as she recovers from a nasty fall. As the eerie tale unfolds, reality and fantasy gradually merge to form a strange world in which anything is possible. The Fall premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. For its theatrical release in 2008, the film was presented by David Fincher and Spike Jonze.


  1. Tarsem Singh largely financed the film with his own funds, determined to make the film according to his own vision, and paid members of the cast and crew on an equal basis rather than in more typical Hollywood fashion.
  2. The director claims that there are no visual effects in the film despite its surreal looks. Everything was shot on real locations.
  3. The film was shot in 28 countries for four years.


  1. Austin Film Critics Award Best Cinematography for Colin Watkinson 2008
  2. Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Best Film for Tarsem Singh 2007

About the Director

Tarsem began his career directing music videos, including those of "Hold On" by En Vogue, "Sweet Lullaby" by Deep Forest and R.E.M.'s smash hit "Losing My Religion", the latter of which won Best Video of the Year at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. He has directed dozens of commercials for brands such as Nike and Coca-Cola. Tarsem's feature film directorial debut was The Cell (2000), starring Jennifer Lopez.

In 2003, Tarsem directed one of the most elaborate Pepsi commercials to date. It combined a gladiator theme with Queen's "We Will Rock You". The commercial starred Enrique Iglesias in the version of the commercial aired in Europe and North America and Amr Diab in the version aired in the Arab world. In the western version, Iglesias plays the role of an emperor hoarding Pepsi with Britney Spears, Pink and Beyoncé Knowles all playing similar roles of gladiatrices about to engage in combat for the emperor's and crowd's entertainment. Ultimately the gladiatrices turn against the emperor and throw him from his seat. On the other hand, Diab's version shows the gladiatrices being attacked by a lion after the emperor realizes their intentions.

Tarsem's second film, The Fall, debuted at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and was released theatrically in the United States in 2008. His third film was 2011's Immortals.He directed an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm story of "Snow White", called Mirror Mirror (2012)


About the Guest

Jayendra Panchapakesan started as a writer in advertising in 1978; turned ad-film maker in 1986; produced and directed over 600 ad-films for clients in India and overseas. He conceived and directed India's first concert film Margazhi Raagam in 2008. Later, he co-scripted and directed the bilingual feature film 180 in 2011.

With Senthil Kumar, he co-founded Real Image Media Technologies and Qube Cinema. He is also accredited with the invention of QJam, a digital jukebox system.

Jayendra is also committed to social work as a trustee of Bhoomika Trust, Mahesh Memorial Trust, Altius Foundation and Jeevan Blood Bank. He is also closely associated with The Banyan, Sankara Eye Hospital (in Coimbatore, India) and Child (a home for HIV-positive children in Chennai, India). Further, he conceived True Gifts, a Bhoomika Trust gifting initiative that brings satisfaction to the gift givers and receivers while benefitting the needy.

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