Swachh Bharat drive forms Mehra’s next film’s backdrop
Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (right) is making a film titled, Mere Pyare Pradhan Mantri, which has the Modi government’s sanitation initiative as its backdrop.
“The film is about an eight-year-old boy, Kanhaiya, who desires to make a toilet for his mother,” Mehra said at an event in Guwahati. The project was inspired following a visit to Gandhigram and the profits from it will go in the making of more toilets. “The film will be made with grass root crowd funding from NGOs or as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR),” said the director of films like Rang De Basanti, Delhi 6, Mirzya and Bhag Milkha Bhag.
“I tell the story of the land I come from and which I understand thoroughly — like about Milkha Singh, Bhagat Singh, Mirzya etc — but now that I’ve lived in Mumbai for some years and did research for the last three years on this script that I’ve dared to make the film.”
Mehra urged youngsters of the northeast to tell their own stories to the world. “I don’t know the stories of the northeast... I can’t tell them but I can facilitate or produce them. Today the whole world has come together through the Internet and so now it is time to tell your stories to the world,” he said.
The film is about a boy, Kanhaiya, who desires to make a toilet for his mother
RAKEYSH OMPRAKASH MEHRA, FILMMAKER