PHASE 2 OF OUR CAMPAIGN
We now wait for the road construction in our area to begin for the opening scene (about 2 and a half minutes long) will be timed with the actual road construction. As of now, the tentative dates given to us by the PWD department are May 10th to May 15th.
During the first phase, we received a sum of 5.2L. Our budget for the first schedule took us to 6.4L. The additional cost of accommodation, transport and travel went way beyond our calculations and was therefore borne by our team. However, with a second schedule left, we need to raise money once again. The opening scene introduces our characters, their goals and most importantly, it introduces Sadak (the road). We would also be including certain post production costs in this round of fundraising which will include music (by local Kumaoni instrumentations, lyricisits, composers and singers), foley sound and DI (Colour Grading) cost.
We aim to raise INR 2.75L in the second phase of our campaign.
(Trailer of our short film - SADAK).
An eleven year old girl living in a rural Himalayan village who dreams of becoming an astronaut relies on the new road to their village to open avenues necessary for better education and development. The road is constructed, but within six months, it's in tatters. When the girl learns about the corrupt contractor responsible, she and her friends draw up a plan to teach the fellow a lesson.
WHAT IS THE FILM ABOUT?
A film about corruption under the garb of development, from a child’s point of view. A facade of development has found its way across the country today. In the mountains of Kumaon, Uttarakhand, where Daanish lives, the facade of road building is one which finds its way to us before every election. And a few years, sometimes months later, the roads are washed away. Nonetheless, roads are welcomed by many. The benefits that roads might bring include ease of transport for harvested crops, construction of schools, buildings, hotels and connectivity with urban areas, allowing money and education to find its way into the village.
Roads provide for dreams, like those of the young girl who desires a finer education in a better school. When this child’s dream is broken, it’s difficult to explain to her the larger moral standards of our society wherein we accept corruption as a part of life. For her, it’s theft. And the thief must be dealt with. But can one girl really change anything? A coming of age story, this young girl who has been taught morality as black and white must learn, like all of us, to perpetually live in the grays. The production of the film is to be scheduled in the early weeks of March.
We aim to raise INR 5.5L to bring our dream to reality. We look forward to your support in making this much-awaited film.
ABOUT THE FILM MAKER AND HIS INSPIRATION
Daanish has been living in Kumaon, Uttarakhand for the past five years. As someone who came in from the outside, Daanish objectively understood the socio-economic and political nature of the village as a microcosm and has actively seen changes in the same. This film will be made in his village - Bagar Malla of the Nainital district. The child actors are students from a nearby school with whom Daanish has been conducting regular acting workshops for the last three months. Other than a few technicians like a Director of Photography and a Sound Recordist, the crew will comprise local villagers with whom Daanish will conduct filmmaking workshops. The film will be made in Kumaoni language, one of the oldest languages in the country which has unfortunately never really made its way into mainstream Indian Art and Cinema.
A short film on poverty, hunger and increasing economic gaps in 'My India' made by the team.
What is the timeline for the production of the film?
The production of the film is to be scheduled in the early weeks of March. Pre-production and preparation is already underway by Daanish Shastri in the village of Bagar Mallah in Kumaon. Child Actors are being trained, locations are being scouted, properties and costumes are being sourced all while the screenplay is being refined by working through subsequent drafts.
The shoot schedule is to be in two parts. The first is to comprise of 85% of the footage and to be filmed in early March. The rest of the 15% is to be filmed when the actual road construction of a local road begins. The tender has been released and the road construction is scheduled for late March. We hope to have the exact dates of this soon.
Post Production for the Film will begin in May, after all stages of the shoot schedule are completed.
Where will it be made?
The film will be made in a village named Bagar Mallah, Pangoot near Nainital in Kumaon, Uttarakhand.
What language will the film use?
The film will be primarily in Kumaoni language. We believe this language is filled with melodies, sounding delightful even to those ears which are unable to comprehend what is being said.
Why are you making this movie?
Because we love making movies. And we love it even more when there are stories to tell about places which are undiscovered and voiceless, dealing with problems that the audiences might not be aware of in their daily lives. We want to bring the magic of Kumaoni village life in all its forms of innocence, comedy and tragedy to your screens across the country!
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