As an independent professional, I believe in bringing self-generated creative ideas to my portfolio of work. It is this ethos that has driven me to undertake multiple endeavours since 2014. I have closely worked with or have personally interacted with several social entrepreneurs and innovators over last 5 years, and hence it was, probably, natural for me to get inspired by them.
For a long time I have contemplated doing something socially meaningful through the medium of documentary filmmaking. But the question of ‘How’ always evaded me. It was in October last year when it fell into my lap or say popped in my head. I was instantly exuberant.
I follow a simple rule. I call it the Principle of Rumination. If a particular idea excites me, I do not act on it immediately. I ruminate over it for a period of time. Generally, ideas that initially seem gripping lose their steam soon. However, certain ideas still seem viable and worth doing after this honeymoon period. Those are the ideas that I take up.
In April 2019, I took up this idea for execution, knowing fully well that the future course was highly uncertain and, surely challenging. This is what I had in mind:
If I could teach the art of nonfiction storytelling through short documentary films to the youth from the lower socioeconomic strata of the society then they would be able to not only tell stories that matter to them the most but also gain a skill that has real economic value.
I share good rapport with the founding members of Tarunai Foundation in Khamgaon, Buldhana dist of Maharashtra. I decided to begin with them. I called up Rajendra Kolhe of Tarunai and explained what I had in mind. He shared my enthusiasm and discussed this idea with his colleagues at the Foundation.
In a week Umakant Khandekar of Tarunai called me and asked me what did I need to start the project. I wanted him to arrange an introductory session at Khamgaon and invite 40-50 local youth. I wanted to interact with the interested youth and gauge their interest.
So, in May of 2019 Tarunai organized a workshop session and around 25 to 30 individuals turned up. I explained to them what I expected from them and in turn what they can expect from me.
Here is the official curtain raiser of this project:
More information on this project at the following link: