‘Dharti Ki Katha’, a film on naxalism

31 07 2008

‘Dharti Ki Katha’, a film on naxalism
source: Sahra samay

Posted at Thursday, 31 July 2008 13:07 IST New Delhi, July 31: Known for his strong performances in films like ‘Bandit Queen’, ‘Godmother’ and ‘Daayra’, actor Nirmal Pandey plans to direct a film based on very much a real issue – naxalism.

“I have been directing plays for a long time and since the subject is quite close to my heart, it prompted me to jump into directing movies,” says Pandey, who also holds a unique distinction of winning a ‘Best Actress Award’ for his role in ‘Daayra’.

Speaking about his directorial debut ‘Dharti Ki Katha’, Pandey says, “The root cause of the problem stems from the fact that development is yet to reach the villages and with basic needs of ‘roti’, ‘kapda’ and ‘makaan’ not being fulfilled the anger is vented in this manner.” He adds, “Not many films in the past have highlighted this issue in the best manner. I think bollywood should make films on social problems apart from making routine masala movies.” The film, which is being shot mostly in Maharashtra and Karnataka, has students from the National School of Drama (NSD), playing various roles.

“The main challenge was to bring alive the characters in the film and ensure that there were no superficial elements,” says Pandey.

Explaining the reasons to opt for the NSD passouts, Pandey says, “The youngsters add depth to the role and most importantly a director can cast them into a mould of his choice and according to the need of the script.” Commenting on the current state of Hindi theatre in the country, the actor says, “The need of the hour is proper marketing and support from the government, as there is a good audience for the same.” The actor, however, is quite happy with the quality of Hindi drama, which he says still have the potential to produce some of the great artists.

Pandey, who is also ventured into small screen and doing some television soaps, is quite critical of reality shows. “The shows do give a platform to the youngsters to exhibit their talent but care should be taken so that dishonesty does not creep in,” he says.

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The RED Terror:: A PROJECT ON NAXALITES

19 02 2008

The RED Terror

A PROJECT ON NAXALITES

The objective is to portray the danger that Naxalism is bringing to the unified nation of India. At the same time, we want to show that the gun is not only solution. Development and the Soci-economic that ancient techniques such as pranayama can help to bring this people around, as a few spiritual organizations have already proved… for example the Art of Living Foundation. We also have to highlight in a subtle manner the fact that Naxalites operate in extremely poor areas.

The exhibition will : 1) demonstrate graphically and with statistics the widespread presence of Naxalites in India (along with a brief on how they may link to Maoists in Nepal) and 2) What we can do/what has already been done to bring them around.

We plan to do this project in three stages: 1) A travelling exhibition with about 40 panels with captions and text printed on high quality photo paper which can design/ print either in Delhi or in Auroville

  1. A film, if you are ready to fund it, which will be shown during the exhibition and can be made into a documentary for television channels

  2. If both these are successful, we can envision doing a book on Naxalites with text and photos, whose angle will be historical and academic and that will aim at becoming the reference book for journalists/academics on Naxalism. Book will have to be funded by a publisher.

What we need from you

1) Statistics

2) photos showing havoc created by Naxalites (if possible recent, like attack on CPRF camp in UP, escape from jail etc)

3) portraits of famous naxalites/founders/most wanted

4) A history of Naxalism (if possible), otherwise we will do our own research

5) film/archives footage on naxalites if we are doing the film and on regions where they operate (AP, UP, Bihar etc)

6) A detailed brief on firearms/explosives they employ and how they procure them (if any outside help give, please mention)

7) Something about the red corridor (dandakaranya) that the Maoists talk about, from Nepal to Tamil Nadu.

How you could also help behind the scenes:

  1. Get us space for exhibit in metro cities either in Government-owned cultural centers, or in public places such as IIC in Delhi

  2. Help us to generate high publicity inaugurations

  3. Once you approve film, help us to distribute it/screen it on doordarshan or other private channels and eventually send it abroad to documentary festivals

IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT FACT INDIA WILL BE THE SOLE BEARER AND ORGANIZER OF THIS EXHIBITION/FILM/BOOK AND THAT GOI’S NAME WILL APPEAR NOWHERE

B. BUDGET FOR EXHIBITION

1. Exhibition

I.

40 panels on an average @ Rs.5000/-

TWO LAKHS

II

Graphic design. 50 hours@2000 Rs

100.000 Rs

III

Miscellaneous charges: transport, hotel, restaurant, Xerox, courier

50.000 Rs

TOTAL: 350.000 RUPEES

2. Film

I.

Film Studio. 100 hours@1000 Rs an hour

100.000 Rs

II

Filming extra footage 10 hours @4000 Rs

40.000 Rs

III

Miscellaneous charges: transport, hotel, restaurant, Xerox, courier

50.000 Rs

TOTAL: 190.000 RUPEES