‘There are 100 slums like Dhar­avi in Mum­bai’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - Sa­marth Goyal

Film­maker Rakeysh Om­prakash Mehra (above), in his next film, Mere Pyare Prime Min­is­ter, high­lights the prob­lems of san­i­ta­tion in Mum­bai and India.

Known for his so­cial­lyrel­e­vant films, Mehra says, “As a story teller, I want to tell sto­ries that touch people’s hearts and create an im­pact. This isn’t the first time that some­one is ad­dress­ing this is­sue through a film and I am not go­ing to be the last one either.”

Mehra ac­knowl­edges the fact that there are other film­mak­ers who make films on so­cial is­sues. “So I am not flat­ter­ing my­self by say­ing that I am the only who does it. Films can be used to create aware­ness and reach masses.”

Rakeysh is as­so­ci­ated with a NGO that works to raise aware­ness about san­i­ta­tion and even cre­ates toi­lets. Mak­ing a film on this topic was al­ways on the agenda for Mehra. “It was al­ways in the sub con­scious, and I wanted to talk about it in one of my movies,” says the film­maker, adding, “We all have heard about this big slum, Dhar­avi, in Mum­bai. When I came to Mum­bai, I re­alised that there are 100 such Dhar­avis in the city. I’ve al­ways won­dered how these people man­age in such try­ing cir­cum­stances. Their lives are in­spir­ing, and that’s what I have tried to show, through my film.”

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