Based on the book by the same name, Aditya Kripalani’s Tikli and Laxmi Bomb is the story of two sex workers in Mumbai who decide to kick men out of the system. And the project is now looking at the crowdfunding route via Wishberry to enable completion.
What’s the film all about?
What if sex workers decided to kick men out of the system and take over each job that men traditionally have performed, as pimps, protectors, owners etc. and did these same jobs themselves? What if women started a sex industry run by women, for women, that safeguarded their interests? Tikli and Laxmi Bomb, the film, inspires women in each industry to ask themselves this question… ‘What if we started something of our own, by women, for women?’ be it advertising, teaching in schools, fishing or banking.
So why is the book worthy of a movie?
A film is a medium that has always had a lot more reach than a book. Simply because it takes less investment in terms of time, less patience and you don’t need to be able to even read, to experience the same story. To be able to get the message of this story to reach far and wide is why we’re making a film on it. With absolutely no dilution in the content and depth of it.
Why female sex workers?
Because they are the worst affected by patriarchy as they’re not even allowed to legally practice on the streets. And so they have no recourse to justice from the law.
What’s the status of the film so far?
The screenplay is in its 5th draft. The crew has been finalized. The budgeting and scheduling has been done. The casting is being done as this gets launched. Five songs have been composed. The lyrics have been written. The arrangement and recording has begun as this goes live.
Why go in for crowdfunding?
When we see any one type of film becoming the only kind of film made, for example a Dabangg, it’s because films are driven by market forces. And one successfull blockbuster ends up in another hundred copies being made. But on a platform such as this, you can choose stories that engage your mind and leave you with not just entertainment which is primary, but also something to think about.
At the very outset I’d like to begin this write-up by admitting that I am no expert on movie marketing or film distribution, far from it in fact. However these are indeed subjects close to my heart and I am happy that I’m in a position to continuously learn and improve in the same. While I’m partly a media professional as I write for MAM and elsewhere on cinema, I am very transparent in admitting that I’ve always wanted to work in films directly as well. Over the last few years ever since I quit the comfort of a secure corporate career, I’ve tried various routes to break in via both the conventional and unconventional routes. While the prospect of working with a good studio/production house always excited me, considering that the brand in question and the projects associated thereby would help me improve my learning, I realized that it is not easy to break in to that space.Continue reading “Releasing an Independently Made Film: My Experience with “The Path of Zarathustra””
Zoroastrians (popularly recognized as either Parsis or Iranis) have always been that enigmatic, close-knit community that all of India wants to know more about. An affable community with dwindling population, but a very distinct identity and a host of great achievers in all walks of life, could have ideally been a great fodder for cinematic narrative of Indian films. But, most mainstream films, with a few notable exceptions like Little Zizou, Ferrari Ki Sawari, Being Cyrus and Pestonjee, have stuck to stereotypical and somewhat superficial portrayal of the Parsis.Continue reading “The Journey of ‘The Path of the Zarathustra’: Oorvazi Irani’s Quest for Authentic Parsi Locations”
When I had caught the cinema bug around half a decade back, I started exploring films from directors around the world. Some left me in a state of awe and others clueless. Just at the beginning of this journey into the fascinating world of cinema-watching, I happened to attend a film appreciation course conducted by a certain Oorvazi Irani of whom I had no idea of. But her impressive blog convinced me to take the course and I have always patted myself for that decision. The course and my correspondence with her since then has not only helped me appreciate the finer nuances of the movies but has also played a major role in shaping my taste in cinema.Continue reading “The Path of Zarathustra: A film I will not miss!”
Man likes to re-visit history from time to time for various reasons and a filmmaker also follows this diktat on and off. I for one have always had a fascination for history as I believe we have a natural curiosity to know more about what happened to us in the past, maybe somewhere among the tales from the past there could be a lesson or two that we could keep in mind for the future. Post the partition of India in 1947 and the subsequent creation of Pakistan, the two neighbouring countries have been at odds on various occasions, leading to wars both formally and covertly. But in 1971 the phenomena observed was an exception, India went to war with Pakistan once again (after 1965) but this time the cause being something that was never a direct bone of contention between the 2 Nations. Bangladesh or East Pakistan as it was earlier known as, was fighting its War of Liberation with Pakistan and the Pakistani regime in an unprecedented shameful act of terror went on to unleash a mass genocide. Nearly 3 million people were reportedly killed and about 4 lakh women raped, in a totally barbaric act. India’s support to the Bangladeshi liberation movement, led to a direct war with Pakistan, but also enabled the creation of Bangladesh by the end of 1971.Continue reading “Children of War Movie Review: A Disturbing Tale of Socio-Political Relevance”
“A film is neither good nor bad. It is always an extension of the film maker. So just like an individual, film too has many shades to it”. This is something Arvind Kamath told me at the Film Making Workshop hosted by IIT Madras in 2012 when we met for the first time. I however understood this completely only when I saw his indie venture Innuendo. Here is the trailer of the film.Continue reading “Innuendo: An Indie Film from Bangalore”
“I already have a career, I already have work, I will not run after a role. I will do anything that creatively challenges me though.”
After conversations with the director Saad Khan, producer Sumit Ghosh and DOP Venkat Gangadhari, we now present to you excerpts from a conversation with Kanika Batra, who’s portrayed one of the prominent roles in the indie film- Station that is due for release this Friday (28th March).
Station, your theatrical debut is up for release this Friday. Where did your journey till here begin?
I am based out of Bangalore basically. I have been into theatre ever since I was a young girl and I have done musicals and other theatre performances. I was part of Saad’s first musical play in fact and that is how I know him. I was also part of the first batch of centre stage, his theatre company and that is how Station happened.