Three very fine filmmakers have been roped in by search giant Google for a unique and complex film project that aims to capture the essence of life in India.
‘India in a Day’ is a collaboration between Google and British director Ridley Scott – the man behind epics such as ‘Alien’ and ‘Gladiator’; Richie Mehta, the talented Indo-Canadian director of ‘Siddharth’ and Anurag Kashyap, the Indian indie king.
The project is appealing to everyone with a camera across India and film what goes on during an average day on 10th October.
Participants can shoot their footage and upload it on indiainaday.withgoogle.com. Those whose footage makes it into the finished film will be credited as a “co-director,” getting a chance to feature in the first user-generated feature-length documentary shot in a single day on life in India.
The film is scheduled for release in 2016.
“India in a Day offers a unique opportunity for anyone and everyone across India to grab a camera or a phone and .get out there and capture something. It doesn’t matter how small or personal it is – from riding a bike to calling your mum. It just simply needs to bear witness to what life is like in today’s India – that’s magical enough”, said Scott, who is back in cinemas this week with ‘The Martian’.
Kashyap adds: “We want to tell the story of India in a single day, and we want you to help. You can grab your camera and capture anything and everything around you. Film anything. But most of all, make it personal. Make it your point of view. Tell us what you love, what you hate, what worries you, what you hope for, what you want to change.”
The film will be directed by Richie Mehta with Scott and Kashyap executive producing alongside Shekhar Kapur and Zoya Akhtar.