MAARAQ is Coming to Reveal the Unrevealed

~ M A A R A Q ~ 

A Film shot entirely on smartphone by Nishanth.........

India is perhaps the best example of unpredictable film markets where the evolution of audience which is more open to original content is an everlasting phenomenon. 

Consequently, with technology becoming cheaper, faster and easier, one can shoot moving images on a smartphone and edit on a laptop. We do not need to have a huge set up for video shooting, inspiring youngsters to take up this kind of film making. Unlike the times in the late nineties or even the early years of the twenty first century, access to independent documentaries and films is far easier for the new generation. Since most of the documentaries were government funded, the perspective and subjects were limited back in the day. Now, one can watch everything on Netflix, Vimeo or YouTube. That’s how the audience is getting educated and welcoming new content. The lines are slowly fading and film watching as an experience is getting more focus in terms of content – a very encouraging trend shift for independent filmmakers in the country.

The transition from celluloid to digital medium has seen quite an emotional as well as technical turmoil in the worldwide cinema space; now a leap to Smartphone films might be a quicker one, or will it be tricky?
While the gap between a filmmaker and the quintessential audience is increasingly getting smaller, the extensive use and availability of handheld mobile gears are providing more air to the fire of capturing cinematic memories. India remained one of the slowest adapters in terms of advanced cinematic techniques compared to the film industries around the world; however, the present age of Smartphone users are turning the tables, rather fast. Smartphones are now considered a powerful device to make movies . Filmmaker Nishanth Tripathi is the biggest example who walked the mobile way to tell his story . 

'MAARAQ' ~ A feature film shot entirely on a mobile phone camera written and directed by young , dynamic and superbly talented film director Mr Nishanth Tripathi.

Film Director Nishanth Tripathi says, "Independent and motivated story tellers are no way subscribing to the difficulty quotient now; they have smartphones! the voice of independent story tellers seeking a larger audience."

“Storytelling should not be bounded by equipment and money, an honest team with authentic approach can tell a story which is much needed to be told. Maaraq is India’s first and only feature film made entirely through a smartphone camera, household lighting and cheapest sound equipment available in the market. The choice of equipment was purely due to budget constraints and solid faith of the team in each other, although the choice of micro budget film making was taken due to lack of resources, the approach to the film making was professional.

A renowned American photographer says “the best camera is the one you have with you”. Maaraq is india’s first feature film shot on phone but we are confident that there are many more films to come out of common people after watching us. Film making is amongst many other art forms used to express oneself, and it shouldn’t be bounded by expensive equipments and properties, people should be able to tell their stories or express themselves with the available resources.

Maaraq is an honest effort to tell a story irrespective of limitations and promote microbudget filmmaking in the country so that we can have more films from filmmakers who longed to tell their stories but were restricted by budget and equipment” , said Nishanth Tripathi, in a conversation with Swapnil Saundarya ezine.

The basic look of a film, a mighty visual medium, is otherwise reliant on contemporary equipment and the additional relief of a decent budget. However, when stories are conceived, the treatment depends on the content. There comes the versatility of a handheld device that gives instant opportunity to a filmmaker to shoot and give life to ideas away from being mundane and traditional. Smartphone films are not just fashionable; they are the voice of independent story tellers seeking a larger audience.

According to Mr Nishanth Tripathi , "As professionals, we are used to having chunky heavy equipments  to shoot for assignments. So, the biggest advantage of shooting with a smartphone is the convenient size of the device and the resulting ease of portability. Also, the phone monitor with its large resolution is a great guide for image taking and video recording ."

We are a world obsessed with taking pictures and recording videos and a smartphone being able to do justice to shot a film is a great testament of the continual advancement of technology. 

Bollywood as an institution has grown beyond just massive banner productions, big budget cinema, high ranking star cast and has welcomed with open arms the not-so-lavish movies made by newbie directors that even though thrive on a low budget, relatively unknown but often superbly talented performers, and seemingly ordinary yet powerful script inspired by unusual events; get spotted despite very frugal marketing and promotion effort.

Nishanth Tripathi's MAARAQ exemplifies the above statement very well . The trailer of the movie is out and can be seen on Youtube . The trailer is leaving a lasting impression on the minds of the viewers .

MAARAQ is undoubtedly a low budget yet powerful cinematic marvel that must be absolute winner in terms of idea, concept, scripting, storyline, production and execution.

MAARAQ will be unmissable. It will definitely make a mark in the history of India Film Industry. 

As far as the story of the film is concerned, MAARAQ is based on a real life character and a true story. In an effort to establish direct communication with the god, an anonymous person calling himself ‘maaraq’ gives up food and water till he dies. A struggling documentary film maker ‘Pratishtha Singh’ decides to shoot Maaraq’s journey till his demise to earn a few bucks along with some attention from the market, due to the desperate and chaotic measures they encounter a series of events and characters that shape their lives eventually granting ‘Maaraq’s ultimate wish.

This film will be released by Amazon in December 2018. Please have a look on its Trailer :

Briefly – for those who don’t have the patience for long stories :

In an effort to establish direct communication with the god, an anonymous person calling himself ‘maaraq’ gives up food and water till he dies. A struggling documentary film maker ‘Pratishtha Singh’ decides to shoot Maaraq’s journey till his demise to earn a few bucks along with some attention from the market, due to the desperate and chaotic measures they encounter a series of events and characters that shape their lives eventually granting ‘Maaraq’s ultimate wish.

Writer and Director : Nishanth Tripathi
Produced By : Green Virus Studios 

And for those with the inclination, time and the interest, this is the story:

Our very existence is a big question which we mostly ignore after pondering unsuccessfully over it for a while, but rarely we meet people like Maarak who doesn’t give up easily. Bored and unsatisfied with the existing theological and scientific enlightenments about existence, a small town alcoholic man in his early 30s decides to establish direct communication with the god by giving up food and water. A Delhi based, 40 year old documentary film maker, Pratishtha Singh stumbles upon this story via a local friend and finds an opportunity to earn her the popularity she deserves, landing in Kanpur she realises that the subject (Maarak) is not only an alcoholic but may also have made a false promise about his crusade against god. Although warned by a local Kanpuria and a self-acclaimed line producer (lucky) ,pratishtha decides to give Maarak a chance and rigs his room with the cameras to document his physical deterioration over the course of time. Maarak’s inability to control his urge for drinking lands Pratishtha in a tight spot, before quitting the project she agrees maarak’s proposal of locking him in a room for 7 days without food and water to jump start the project and stop him from drinking alcohol. During the sudden and forceful change in the routine, maarak becomes quitter than usual and breaks down physically and mentally, excreting water and waste from everywhere possible.

While the story slips into the busy details of the town and its characters, the self-acclaimed line producer lucky (26), couldn’t stop himself from self-promotion and broadcasting the film’s process at local tea stalls, locking someone inside a room and waiting for him to die is supposed to be a revolutionary approach for lucky, but not for the police inspector overhearing the conversation at a midnight junction. The project almost comes to a halt as the cop break open maarak’s room and interrogates Pratishtha and her team aggressively, but the situation is later resolved with the little money that maarak has to offer.

Realising her desperate approach, Pratishtha takes maarak for a psychotherapy session to keep her on a safer side, but the session fails drastically due to maarak’s disrespectful burst of laughter at the psychologist. Failing to get a certificate from the medical authority she decides to go to a spiritual guru but the session again ends up with dissatisfaction as maarak’s belief about purity and help has been altered by now, understanding that pratishtha wants to help him, he proposes to her to meet a friend of his who is extremely pure and a man of god, this man is none other than a dangerous murderer, a criminal spending the rest of his life in the central jail.

It has been over a month now and maarak is not showing any signs of weakness, he is fit and started sleeping a lot while seated at random places, pratishtha’s only friend her beloved mother dies after suffering from cancer and her financer ‘robin’ is nagging about why the documentary is not going as planed as maarak is still alive and ticking. Pratishtha tells robin that the project has taken a very good shape and something beautiful has come out of what was planned, despite threats and warning from robin pratishtha decides to accept the film the way it is and leaves maarak in peace to complete his journey.

Lucky who has been using maarak for his political connections and petty business by declaring him as an undead siddh baba makes it popular that baba’s hair strands can make all the difference in once life if kept in a book, although Maarak was unresponsive it didn’t stop lucky from expanding his business. After several successful meetings lucky once invites a politician asking baba (Maarak) for his hair strand, but Maarak hands him a bowl full of hair after shaving his head and walks away on the road, although lucky was shocked with baba’s action but he uses that to his advantage and doesn’t bother chasing him doesn’t the road. Maarak walks for days until his hair grow and whether changes, he walks for thousands of kilometres till he reaches a dense forest and meets a 10 years old girl who is pointing at him and asks him about his dreams, while answering the girl’s question he realises how close he is to the creator as she disappears in thin air, as he walks further he discovers a mucky pond where he meets his creator as he looks down upon his own reflection in the water. he starts asking question to the reflection about the creation but is astonished and shocked to hear the truth about the existence and the ultimate revelation.

Plot Keywords: Suspense, Mystery, Drama, Self-Discovery, True Story, Spiritual, True Adventure, Identity Crisis, Isolation, Freedom.

Taglines: Explore the darkness, into the zero.

Genres: Mystery, Drama, Suspense.

Language: Hindi | English

Technical Specs

         90 Minutes

Aspect Ratio:

         Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Smartphone


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- ऋषभ शुक्ला ( Rishabh Shukla )
  संस्थापक -संपादक ( Founder-Editor )

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Rishabh is a visual artist & founder- editor of India's first hindi lifestyle ezine namely Swapnil Saundarya . He holds a double M.A in English Literature and Ancient Indian History, culture and Archaeology . Rishabh has authored three books on Interiors and blogs on Art, History recalls, youth issues, sports, Lifestyle & Society. He is also associated with the causes like ‘ Say No to Domestic Violence’, ‘ Fight Against Child Abuse’ and ‘ Whole Body Donation’ and his association with these social causes , represents in his work  as well .

Swapnil Saundarya ezine : An Intro

Launched in June 2013, Swapnil Saundarya ezine has been the first exclusive lifestyle ezine from India available in Hindi language ( Except Guest Articles ) updated bi- monthly . We at Swapnil Saundarya ezine , endeavor to keep our readership in touch with all the areas of fashion , Beauty, Health and Fitness mantras, home decor, history recalls, Literature, Lifestyle, Society, Religion and many more. Swapnil Saundarya ezine encourages its readership to make their life just like their Dream World .


We enter the New Volume of Swapnil Saundarya ezine….... we are extremely proud on  the completion of successful and glorious five years of India's first  lifestyle ezine avaiable in Hindi & We literally step over into the sixth year of our ezine. Once again, the start of a brand new volume has come upon us.

But who are we? Who are the people working behind the scenes to make Swapnil Saundarya Ezine truly beautiful & inspiring ? Today we’d like to publish something rather different. Being chummy as we are, we’d like to give you a peek behind the scenes — a little insight into how we work, who we are, where we live and where we come from. It will be quite a ride, so get yourself a beverage, make yourself comfortable and set a few minutes aside.

How We Work And Tinker: Slow Is Good Link

So far, you have seen only one side of our little publication. Articles get published, and you, dear reader, take care of the rest: promoting the article throughout your social channels and sharing it with colleagues offline. Sometimes an article instigates new discussions on and beyond Swapnil Saundarya Ezine , while sometimes one doesn’t quite manage to spark the conversation we had anticipated. But in either case, at that very moment when the article gets published, we are absolutely confident that it is delivering value to you.

All of Swapnil Saundarya Ezine 's articles have to have a certain… signature, a certain something that justifies their reason for existing online. That “something” has to pass the judgement of our editorial team, which never compromises its strongly held values. However, finding that signature isn’t easy. In fact, the route that an article has to take until that “Publish” button gets clicked is usually quite long. So how exactly does it work? We’re glad you asked.


Five years ago we established our “Publishing Policy,” a sacred set of editorial principles that we adhere to for every single article published on Swapnil Saundarya Ezine . We always protect your interests and ensure that the content published always merits your attention. We never publish any sponsored articles or hidden advertisements. We don’t participate in affiliate marketing. Our lovely sponsors have no influence on our content whatsoever.

These rules help us guarantee a fertile environment in which useful, high-quality articles can be born. Our authors are usually quite surprised by the attention that every single draft gets. We don’t set any deadlines for our authors, and we never push them to deliver an article by a particular date. We never shy away from sending critical or challenging feedback, and we take time to do proper research and quality control to ensure that an article delivers the value that we strive for. 

That’s the reason why articles usually take time — and the process in general is slow and time-consuming. Most articles go through three to four rounds of revisions . Being slow enables us to focus and tinker — to work on the little details that make the article feel right.


Sure, some authors don’t like the process — justifiably so. We are certainly not always a pleasure to work with, but we don’t have to be — what we do have to be is confident that we can stand behind every single article published in the magazine. And we don’t try to hunt down as many articles or as many authors as possible. In fact, we always publish the most valuable articles first — even if other articles have been waiting in the queue for months. Now, if that doesn’t make an author angry, what would?

Other authors feel grateful that we help them develop their ideas and techniques as the article progresses. We always do our best to take our authors out of their comfort zone; to challenge them, to make them think differently about their craft and their process. We don’t make it easy: we question the status quo and we obsess over all of the little details such as image captions and image credits and sources and front page images and links to related resources. Every single bit of it takes time and effort, but it’s worth it. We are not perfectionists, but we do try to make sure that everything is as it should be.


How do we manage it all? Well, it’s not as difficult as it sounds. We don’t use any sophisticated tools; we prefer to work with simple tools. For every article, we follow our custom editorial guide, which was thoroughly developed for the magazine as well as for our eBooks and printed books. We have developed a style and tone guide as well, which clearly states what is important to us, what our values and principles are, and what we pay attention to in terms of copywriting, customer service, code and visual design. And we tend to use quite a few checklists as well.

Occasionally we’ll take an hour or two on the weekend to handle the most important tasks and to make sure that our authors, customers and readers don’t have to wait too long for a reply.

We have developed custom tools to make it easier for us to write, coordinate, edit and proofread but we follow a thorough editorial procedure here as well. The magazine runs on Issuu, Blogspot, WordPress & Tumblr .

Notes are often taken with iA Writer, and to-do notes are managed in simple plain-text to-do files. Images and screenshots are created using InstantShot. Design sketches often happen on paper or in the browser. Most of us use Chrome and Firefox as our primary browsers.

We try to avoid distractions. Choosing an office space where avoiding distractions is easy was, therefore, the right decision for our small enterprise.

While a major part of our work requires being available online, over the years we’ve learned to appreciate the distinct appeal of being offline. A lot of planning, editing and design work is deliberately done offline — in sketchbooks with pencils, with sticky notes and doodles, sometimes with large headphones on. Especially when writing feedback for articles and discussing ideas, finding a calm area is often helpful. In fact, we don’t have fixed working hours.... we care that things get done, and we care that things get done properly. Sometimes they are done on the go, in the work place or in a coffee shop.

As we begin volume  6th of Swapnil Saundarya ezine, my prayer is that we continue to  grow and find the space within ourselves to know, beyond all doubt, that there is nothing more that we need to do in order to be complete. All we need is a willingness to allow ourselves to feel good and to be at peace in the present moment. All we need is gratitude for all that we have, and all that we have had the pleasure to be and to experience. That is the starting point from which all other things will flow into our existence. 

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स्वप्निल सौंदर्य ई-ज़ीन - परिचय

 कला , साहित्य,  फ़ैशन व सौंदर्य को समर्पित भारत की पहली हिन्दी लाइफस्टाइल  ई- पत्रिका के षष्ठम चरण अर्थात षष्ठम वर्ष में आप सभी का स्वागत है . 

फ़ैशन व लाइफस्टाइल  से जुड़ी हर वो बात जो है हम सभी के लिये खास, पहुँचेगी आप तक , हर पल , हर वक़्त, जब तक स्वप्निल सौंदर्य के साथ हैं आप. गत वर्षों की सफलता और आप सभी पाठकों के अपार प्रेम व प्रोत्साहन  के बाद अब स्वप्निल सौंदर्य ई-ज़ीन  ( Swapnil Saundarya ezine )   के षष्ठम वर्ष को एक नई उमंग, जोश व लालित्य के साथ प्रस्तुत किया जा रहा है ताकि आप अपनी ज़िंदगी को अपने सपनों की दुनिया बनाते रहें. सुंदर सपने देखते रहें और अपने हर सपने को साकार करते रहें .तो जुड़े रहिये 'स्वप्निल सौंदर्य' ब्लॉग व ई-ज़ीन  के साथ .

और ..............

बनायें अपनी ज़िंदगी को अपने सपनों की दुनिया .
( Make your Life just like your Dream World ) 

Founder - Editor  ( संस्थापक - संपादक ) :  
Rishabh Shukla  ( ऋषभ शुक्ला )

Managing Editor (कार्यकारी संपादक) :  
Suman Tripathi (सुमन त्रिपाठी) 

Chief  Writer (मुख्य लेखिका ) :  
Swapnil Shukla (स्वप्निल शुक्ला )

Art Director ( कला निदेशक) : 
Amit Chauhan  (अमित चौहान) 

Marketing Head ( मार्केटिंग प्रमुख ) : 
Vipul Bajpai (विपुल बाजपई) 

'स्वप्निल सौंदर्य - ई ज़ीन ' ( Swapnil Saundarya ezine )  में पूर्णतया मौलिक, अप्रकाशित लेखों को ही कॉपीराइट बेस पर स्वीकार किया जाता है . किसी भी बेनाम लेख/ योगदान पर हमारी कोई ज़िम्मेदारी नहीं होगी . जब तक कि खासतौर से कोई निर्देश न दिया गया हो , सभी फोटोग्राफ्स व चित्र केवल रेखांकित उद्देश्य से ही इस्तेमाल किए जाते हैं . लेख में दिए गए विचार लेखक के अपने हैं , उस पर संपादक की सहमति हो , यह आवश्यक नहीं है. हालांकि संपादक प्रकाशित विवरण को पूरी तरह से जाँच- परख कर ही प्रकाशित करते हैं, फिर भी उसकी शत- प्रतिशत की ज़िम्मेदारी उनकी नहीं है . प्रोड्क्टस , प्रोडक्ट्स से संबंधित जानकारियाँ, फोटोग्राफ्स, चित्र , इलस्ट्रेशन आदि के लिए ' स्वप्निल सौंदर्य - ई ज़ीन ' को ज़िम्मेदार नहीं ठहराया जा सकता .

कॉपीराइट : 'स्वप्निल सौंदर्य - ई ज़ीन '   ( Swapnil Saundarya ezine )   के कॉपीराइट सुरक्षित हैं और इसके सभी अधिकार आरक्षित हैं . इसमें प्रकाशित किसी भी विवरण को कॉपीराइट धारक से लिखित अनुमति प्राप्त किए बिना आंशिक या संपूर्ण रुप से पुन: प्रकाशित करना , सुधारकर  संग्रहित करना या किसी भी रुप या अर्थ में अनुवादित करके इलेक्ट्रॉनिक या यांत्रिक , प्रतिलिपि, रिकॉर्डिंग करना या दुनिया के किसी भी हिस्से में प्रकाशित करना निषेध है . 'स्वप्निल सौंदर्य - ई ज़ीन ' के सर्वाधिकार ' ऋषभ शुक्ल' ( Rishabh Shukla )  के पास सुरक्षित हैं . इसका किसी भी प्रकार से पुन: प्रकाशन निषेध है.

चेतावनी : 'स्वप्निल सौंदर्य - ई ज़ीन '  ( Swapnil Saundarya ezine )   में घरेलु नुस्खे, सौंदर्य निखार के लिए टिप्स एवं विभिन्न चिकित्सा पद्धतियों के संबंध में तथ्यपूर्ण जानकारी देने की हमने पूरी सावधानी बरती है . फिर भी पाठकों को चेतावनी दी जाती है कि अपने वैद्य या चिकित्सक आदि की सलाह से औषधि लें , क्योंकि बच्चों , बड़ों और कमज़ोर व्यक्तियों की शारीरिक शक्ति अलग अलग होती है , जिससे दवा की मात्रा क्षमता के अनुसार निर्धारित करना जरुरी है.  

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Rishabh , an Art and Design Journalist , Editor, Design Consultant, Visual Artist and Author, studied at the renowned INIFD ( International Institute of Fashion Design ) in Delhi having 8 + years of work experience in the areas like Interior Design , Art & Colour Consultancy , Retail Design & Visual Merchandising , Art Appreciation, Product Designing, Writing & Design blogging. Rishabh specializes in stylish make overs & soft grooming of living spaces. Working for Swapnil Saundarya Label and Rishabh Interiors and Arts simultaneously , Rishabh has own acclaims from both critics and common people . He has held several art exhibitions and these have brought excellent response every time . Rishabh has authored two books on Interiors namely Ek Aashiyane ki Oar – A Guide for Residential Interiors and Supreme Home Therapy and works as editor in chief of Swapnil Saundarya ezine ( An online Magazine dedicated to Art , Aesthetics, Culture , heritage and Literature ) and Supreme Home Therapy ( An Interior Design Magazine ). Rishabh  blogs on Art, Interiors, Lifestyle and Society. He is also associated with the causes like ‘ Say No to Domestic Violence’, ‘ Fight Against Child Abuse’ and ‘ Whole Body Donation’ and his association with these social causes , represents in his paintings as well . Rishabh has received the excellence award 2016 in Fine Arts from Uttar Pradesh Art Society and Youth Trailblazer Award in Contemporary Writing  from North Indian Merchants' Association in 2017. Rishabh has also got featured on 'The Elegant Life' as young Indian entrepreneur who successfully started with almost nothing and set a milestone in his 20s.

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Swapnil Shukla is a Jewellery designer , Design Journalist, crafts expert and artist from India .She is the FIRST Jewellery Journalist and Fashion Columnist who writes and educates her readers about the most intricate subjects i.e Fashion , Jewellery and Lifestyle in 'HINDI' language.Swapnil’s work appears in a wide variety of notable Indian publications. Swapnil made her fashion columns and knowledge available to the hindi language people .  As a self-confessed ‘enthusiast of beautiful things’, Swapnil is also the chief Designer and co -owner of Swapnil Saundarya Label , which is a luxury craft manufacturing firm . Swapnil  has worked as Jewellery and Fashion Columnist/Journalist  for many Nationalized Magazines and started the famous and highly traffic grabber fashion & Lifestyle blog ‘Swapnil Saundarya’ available in English as well as in Hindi . Swapnil has also authored two books namely ‘Gehne – The Art of wearing Jewellery’ published in 2012 and Fashion Pandit published in 2014 . She has launched her own Designer Jewellery brand namely ‘Swapnil Jewels & Arts’ and now with a desire to add new dimensions to the design and Art industry , she started ‘ Swapnil Saundarya Label ‘ with a motive to make everybody’s life beautiful and just like their Dream World . She has received the 'Excellence Award 2016' in Fine arts from Uttar Pradesh Art Society. Swapnil has worn several hats , Jewellery Journalist, Columnist , Designer, Fashion Consultant, Craft Expert, Writer and Painter. More recently she diversified into Handicraft Products as an experiment in her journey in design . She recently got featured on 'The Elegant Life' as young Indian entrepreneur who successfully started with almost nothing and set a milestone in her 20s.

She presently works as Director & Chief Writer of Swapnil Saundarya ezine , which is an online publication that curates articles and info. on Art, Fashion , Jewels, Lifestyle, Interiors, Health Tips, Finance, Beauty, Religion , Entrepreneurship , Interviews, History Recalls and many more.



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