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Kirk Budhooram the David Rudder of Film

Published: 
Monday, January 16, 2012

 

“I must be the David Rudder of film.” These are the words of producer, writer, actor and director, Kirk Budhooram, said during his interview with gieMAGAZINE. Budhooram is a past student of Naparima College and unlike many of his alumni that boast of strong science and business backgrounds, he has a wealth of experience in the Arts. From making recent films to starring in live productions, Budhooram has proven to others that his source for creativity is limitless. Ambitious, spiritual and pensive are the words that this youngster used to describe himself. This ambition is shown in his qualifications, having graduated from UWI as an Industrial Engineer. Currently, he is an Assistant Manager with a company in the automotive industry. He has, for over 10 years, been balancing the Arts and his full time activities. As a writer, Budhooram has already published two novels under Publish America Incorporated. These are ‘The Festival’ in 2000 and the ‘Ibis Agent’ in 2003. Both novels reflected a local and Caribbean flair that was well researched and put together. The Festival is a murder mystery set in San Fernando, doubted by the police and dismissed as a robbery gone awry. The sister of the murder victim hires a private investigator to solve the case. This leads the story into the northern range where the mystery begins to unravel. Even more intriguing is the Ibis Agent. The Ibis Agent is essentially a secret service coming out of CARICOM. They basically protect the security of the region. They do not go after petty thieves and kidnappers, but after organised crime. In this novel, William Knight is yanked off a case in Trinidad and visits a murder scene in Antigua. He eventually discovers a conspiracy that links many of the islands. 
Budhooram considers writing his foremost passion and as such is currently pursuing his masters of fine arts in creative writing, specifically fiction. Budhooram shows off his true creativity on YouTube, where he showcases two of his most popular series ‘The Kirk and Roxann Show’ as well as ‘Cool Yuh Head’. The ‘Cool Yuh Head’ series is quite similar to Candid Camera; however, one must note that the series has a firm grounding in local flavour. He takes what others may seem as very risky actions, having to ridicule Trinidadians in many situations. “People are much tamer than we expect” he explained. “You would think people would come up in your face to quarrel, but they don’t,” said Budhooram who (incidentally) won the People’s Choice Award in 2007 for Best Short Film at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival for Herman’s Tales: Kidnapped, which he wrote and directed and was produced by Roger Alexis.Receiving most of his formal training as an actor at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, Budhooram expressed delight in the involvement he had at the institution. He participated in the New Actors programme which opened his eyes in the field of performance and the Arts. Budhooram has made appearances not only in his own productions but most recently in Little Boy Blue, by another local film maker, Nicholas Attin. He has an affinity to Yoga; it’s part of his strong spiritual development. He believes that all Trinbagonians should read Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, as its mental and spiritual benefits are immeasurable and invaluable to any individual and nation, pointing out that “It is an inspirational book that encourages all to remain positive in one’s life and art.” No man is an island, and Budhooram made sure to express his gratitude to both Roxann Singh and Alisa Jankie, who have both made his productions reality. Budhooram would like to encourage gieMAGAZINE readers to check out some of his material on his YouTube site. Please visit:  www.youtube.com/user/KirkBud to see Kirk Budhooram’s many productions.

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