A unique new creative project is aiming to pay a special tribute to the late Indian scientist and statesman Dr A P J Kalam.
UK-based Blue-Feather Studios in association with India’s Realworks Studio are putting together an animated movie titled ‘Return if Possible’, charting the extraordinary life story of Dr Kalam, the man widely known as the “Missile Man of India” for his tireless work in developing India’s ballistic missile capabilities.
Dr Kalam’s story is legendary and apt for a Disney-esque rags-to-riches animated tribute.
Born into crippling poverty in rural south India, Dr Kalam rose through sheer determination to become a prominent figure at India’s Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and subsequently the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
He later became the 11th President of India.
Known as the “People’s President”, Dr Kalam was a much-loved author and orator, working right up to his death in July at the grand old age of 83.
The animated tribute to him aims to mirror the central tenet of Dr Kalam’s life philosophy – that of engaging with Indians of all hues and skills for the betterment of India.
The project is led by UK-based NRI Dr Sandhya Anantharaman from King’s College London and involves around 50 artists, including writers, animators, 3D modellers, music composers, sound designers, VFX artists and editors.
Organizers aim to raise funding for the project through a crowd-funding initiative with the pledges allowing contributors to become active participants in the projec.
Every single person donating will also receive two passes for the UK screening of the completed film.
A secondary goal of the film is to raise greater awareness of the concept of crowd-funding, which is a relatively new concept in India, to financially empower individuals from areas that Dr Kalam was passionate about, including science and sports.
The project has already raised more than 30% of the £2000 required with the Just Giving page live until 24th September at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/sandhya-anantharaman.