Swachh Bharat drive forms Mehra’s next film’s back­drop

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Timie Out -

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

PHOTO: SHIVAM SAXENA/HT

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