Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra intends to make a movie on the struggles of slum children for the basic facilities of a toilet, after a recent visit to a slum in Mumbai.
Mehra, a filmmaker and a writer, is quoted by Times of India, ���It is very important to make toilets… I am a filmmaker, I am a writer, so I thought why not make something with this subject. It comes naturally to me to pick up a camera, even start shooting on my mobile… That’s my hobby, that’s my passion, that’s my life”.
Mehra attended a Yuva Unstoppable NGO event and narrated a story of his visit to the slum, where he observed a child�۪s makeshift toilet on the top of a mountain. He also spoke of a statistic where a single building had as many as 200 toilets, whereas the 1,100 slum homes did not have a single toilet. The NGO is an organisation that supports the cause of building toilets in municipal schools in various parts of India, which he has been a part of for the past two years.
This experience must have fuelled Mehra�۪s creativeness and he became inspired to voice the stories of the children. Mehra asked the children what their dreams were and their reply was, “I dream that a lot of water from the sea will flow here and the river will clean up and then boats would also arrive and then with those boats, we would go to the sea.”
‘Mirzya’, Mehra’s next directorial, is scheduled for release on 7th October. It will be the debuts of Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher.
By Sochan Kukadia