LOVELY VILLA: Architecture as Autobiography, A Film by Rohan Shivkumar

Lovely Villa: Rohan ShivkumarEnglish, 32 minutes, 2019
Directed by Rohan Shivkumar
Associate Director: Avijit Mukul Kishore
Produced by Public Service Broadcasting Trust


Every house is haunted by the spirits of those are yet to come, and of those that came before. We are all marked by the architecture of the homes we live in. ‘Lovely Villa’ is the name of the apartment building where the filmmaker grew up in as he studied to become an architect. It is in LIC colony designed by Charles Correa and represents an imagination of the ideal community for a modern India. The film explores the architecture of the colony through a personal narrative. Using found materials, like old photographs and drawings, and stories that range from family histories and other narratives — both semi-fictional and documentary, the film highlights some of the specific architectural gestures of the project. This is a film about the relationship between architecture, everyday life, family, coming of age and the memory of ‘home’.

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