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Film turns to crowdfunding to finance shooting

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

An independent feature film talking about the fear of failure and unfulfilled dreams, has turned to crowdfunding to raise an amount Rs 12 lakhs to the shooting of the project.

Named after its protagonist, the film 'Rhoya' is a project undertaken by a team of post-graduate film school students, who hope to share their personal struggles through the story.


"The film tells people that whoever made big in life has sacrificed something...And giving excuses or leaving things up to god will take you nowhere. All it takes is to give yourself that chance and not surrender to the present situation," Ketan Padgaonkar, writer-director of the movie, told PTI.

"In today's day and age, cynicism has become cool... failure has become common... And risks have become extinct. The story of Rhoya is a very personal story yet we want to share it with the world and tell those people giving up on their dreams to wake up and get back in the game," he said.

With the pre-production of the movie complete, the crew is now waiting for the money from the campaign to start shooting.

Using WishBerry as the platform for the crowdfunding, the movie has already garnered over Rs 7,45,001.

"We want to do the rough-cut of the movie with this money. And hopefully then find a production house that will come on-board for its post-production.

"The reason we went for crowd-funding was because we don't want a production house at this conception level. It would limit our creative freedom. So, we thought it was better to first make the movie and then knock on their doors," the director said.

Having left college with the hope of becoming the next Martin Scorsese or Akira Kurosawa, Ketan, who has worked as a freelancer, and written pilots for existing writers, said "reality and rents" hit them too, but the dream of making movies is supreme.

While talking about the movie's subject, Helly Thakkar, the lead actor and the co-writer of the film, alludes to the character played by Naseeruddin Shah in the national award winning-film "Iqbal".

"This is the story of an alternate Naseeruddin Shah in 'Iqbal' who goes on to become a cricketer instead of becoming a coach or lying down drunk," she said.

Those donating for the film will also be given rewards for their gesture in the form of a chance to be at the screening of the movie, and to see their names in the list of credits among others.

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