The Path of Zarathustra: Trailer

The Path of Zarathustra PosterOorvazi Irani who incidentally also happens to be one of our esteemed authors has now made the transition to directing a feature film with The Path of Zarathustra. The film is in the realm of magic realism and it will be a 79 minute feature in English. As Oorvazi herself says “As a Parsi Zoroastrian film maker, faced with the prospect of extinction, in this narrative film I turn to my roots to ask some questions, seek some answers. As an auteur I also extend my contribution in playing the role of the protagonist in the film. Parsis being the followers of the First Prophet – Zarathustra, the film through a fictional personal quest explores the Parsi Identity through the prism of Zoroastrian history and philosophy. The film is specific yet universal, addressing the theme of God and Religion.”

The film is produced by Sorab Irani, has music by Vasuda Sharma and is written by Farrukh Dhondy. While Sudhadeep Dey is the DOP and Tushar Ghogale is the editor. The film features Oorvazi herself as the protagonist and the rest of the star cast includes Tom Alter, Rushad Rana, Shishir Sharma, Darius Shroff, Firdausi Jussawala, Vivek Tandon etc.

Synopsis

There is no belief without believers. A young woman, Oorvazi, born into Zoroastrianism, the religion of her forefathers leaves the isolation of her remote home when her grandfather with whom she lives alone dies. He leaves her a mysterious message and an even more mysterious book. Oorvazi journeys to Mumbai, the city where the dwindling Zoroastrian community, an endangered species of believers lives. She is welcomed in her aunt’s house by her aunt’s adopted son who confesses that he still loves her.

The meaning of the mystery her grandfather has left her with is revealed in layers as Oorvazi comes across figures from the historical past of the Zoroastrians. The mystery of the book too is revealed. Are these figures and the magical book real or figments of a philosophical imagination? Does her quest end in love or in understanding – or are these interchangeable or ultimately the same?

Trailer-

Check out the trailer of the film as well.

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2 thoughts on “The Path of Zarathustra: Trailer

  1. Oorvazi its nice to finally see you making the transition as a feature filmmaker & I personally feel its a good subject to start with.The Parsi/Zoroastrian community as it exists today is dwindling & IMO its been a very closed community as such.Most people as such outside the community/religion do not much about the philosophy & other related stuff associated with it. Magic realism for me is always exciting if executed well & I do hope you’ve pulled it off well. The visuals are frameworthy and seem to convey a sense of mystique which works for me.But have you deliberately changed the pacing of the scenes for the trailer as compared to the film?Tom Alter is a fabulous actor,good that you have cast in him the film. All the best Oorvazi,looking forward next to a post from you on the making of the film 🙂

  2. On the outset Sethu thanks for your kind concern and support, I mean it. The film is close to my heart and inspite of it being rooted in the Parsi culture and Zoroastrian religion it involves a lot of universal issues and questions that the film seeks to find answers for. And yes it will tell you about the Parsi as a community and Zoroastrianism as a religion but it will also probe deeper to make you ask your own questions and seek your own answers. The film has the touch of a surreal quality and at the same time is very real and contemporary and yes my cinematographer Subhadeep Dey and Production Designer Pooja Shetty have ensured that the frames look ‘beautiful’. I feel each subject requires a pace and for me its a ‘contemplative pace’ if there is a term of that sort 🙂 and I feel the trailer should not present something that does not exist in the film but should reflect a glimpse of what does. yes Tom Alter is fabulous as my grandfather, he is my magic touch and has been wonderfully caring and supportive of the film and someone who believes in the film greatly. Yes I would love to write a post but MAM readers are not stimulating me to do so. Are they ?

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