The 3 minute long film is called The Girl Who Kicked The Ball...
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has given Indian cinema some of the best movies ever. From Aks to Rang De Basanti and from Delhi 6 to Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, he has done it all. The world renowned filmmaker is now all set to make a short film called The Girl Who Kicked The Ball for a campaign that was commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation called The Art Of Saving A Life. While Rakeysh was busy shooting his upcoming feature film Mirziya, he kept on thinking about the story for the short film, but nothing came to his mind. Finally a miracle happened!
Rakeysh’s daughter, Bhairavi, who is barely 16 years old, dropped him a mail one day. The mail had a two page long story, which she had penned down. It was then that Rakesh recalled that before leaving for the shooting schedule of Mirziya in Rajasthan he had just dropped an idea about the short film to her. “I wanted a younger expression for the film. So, I gave the idea to my daughter, who loves to write. I explained the concept to her, and told her that this is what I want the film to say, and left it at that,” says the maverick filmmaker.
After Bhairavi surprised Rakeysh with the story what did he say? And how did that turn into the short film? “I told her, ‘Beta, you have written an entire feature film; I want to make a three-minute movie.’ To this, she said, ‘Pa, I have written it. Now, you do whatever you have to.’ Then, we started building on that. Week after week, I would look forward to the day I would fly to Mumbai to work on it,” says the 52-year-old filmmaker. “We would get weekly offs during the shoot. So, I would take the late night flight to Mumbai for just a day to sit with my animator, designer and daughter to work on the story, and other technicalities,” he adds.
It seems filmmaking flows in the blood of the Mehra family. It might not be long before we see Bhairavi herself directing some blockbuster film. What say BollywoodLifers?
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