Film to fo­cus on work­ers in waste in­dus­try

Sutham will be crowd-funded

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

<> We are glad about the re­sponse. We plan to start work in Septem­ber and fin­ish the short film by May next year Ms. Sraiyan­thi

CHENNAI It was at a cor­po­rate film shoot last year that Sraiyanti Haricha­ran and her crew mem­bers changed their at­ti­tude to­wards waste dis­posal and man­age­ment.

They are now crowd­fund­ing for Sutham, a short film on the lives of peo­ple who de­pend on the waste in­dus­try.

The crew of three mem­bers was hired by a com­pany to shoot a video on waste ecosys­tem in the city.

Safety of work­ers

“We re­alised that there is a larger story to be nar­rated about peo­ple work­ing in this in­for­mal sec­tor. I ac­ci­den­tally stepped on used sy­ringes dur­ing shoot­ing in dump­yard. We found that work­ers did not have ba­sic pro­tec­tion,” said Ms. Sraiyanti, who is the direc­tor of pho­tog­ra­phy.

She along with Premku­mar Akkattu and Badri Narayanan Se­shadri started Baaki Pic­tures this Jan­uary.

“Sutham would be a creative doc­u­men­tary film shot in fic­tion style. The film would be about three main char­ac­ters who work in the waste in­dus­try from col­lect­ing scrap to seg­re­gat­ing waste. We are also look­ing for a child to nar­rate the story,” she said.

Sup­port sought

“There will be lit­tle in­ter­fer­ence from the crew in the nar­ra­tive. We have sought sup­port from pro­duc­tion houses. We started crowd­fund­ing for the film to at­tract at­ten­tion for the is­sues,” she said.

Ms. Sraiyanti’s post about the project in www.wish­berry.in, a crowd-fund­ing plat­form has al­ready got sup­port.

“We are glad about the re­sponse. We plan to start work in Septem­ber and fin­ish the short film by May next year. It would uncover the sto­ries of peo­ple, their daily lives and so­cial re­la­tion­ships,” Ms. Sraiyan­thi added.

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