My closest friend and I have been working together for many years now. Late last year, we were commissioned by the Naz India Foundation to make a series of short films on AIDS awareness. Naz India, for those who may not know, is a Delhi-based NGO.
On the basis of the discussions we had with them, we wrote the scripts for these films. They liked the scripts, after which we got down to the production part of the project. To ensure a higher profile and greater visibility for the films, we thought it might be a good idea to involve a celebrity with one film, at least. While some stars hemmed and hawed, Rahul Bose took precisely 20 seconds to agree and, in fact, went out of his way to shoot with us. Needless to add, he didn’t charge us a penny…not that we’d have been able to afford his fee anyway. Certainly not…not on the budget we were given. ‘Shoestring’ doesn’t even begin to describe the monetary constraints we were working with.
Anyway. the whole idea was to get these films on air on December 1, which is the designated World AIDS Day. There was hardly any money to make the films so, naturally, Naz wasn’t going to be able to afford the telecast fee either. As a result, we sent requests for free telecast to most television channels. Zee and [V] were the only ones to respond favourably. No, make that, they were the ONLY ones to respond. (So much for social responsibility and all that crap.) Unfortunately, however, Naz was unable to put up the films for telecast at that time. Now, when everything is in order, none of the channels is willing to telecast the films, although we’re keeping our fingers crossed that CNN-IBN will.
A couple of days ago, around midnight, as I was about to go to bed, I had this brainwave (yeah, I know, even I have ‘em sometimes.) It occurred to me that my blog might be a good place to put up the films for viewing…at least till such time that we can have them running on air. So, in my search for how-to-upload-the-video, I asked km for help and he promptly sent me some instructions. I was able to follow these with ease and managed to upload my videos without a problem. Thanks, mate!
Now, for those who might be interested in viewing the 30-second AIDS awareness film, Father & Son, which also features Rahul Bose, you can watch it on the following link:
I can’t say that the picture quality is the greatest that you’ll get there but, I’m afraid, this is the best one can do under the circumstances. Also, a lot of your viewing experience will depend on your Net and connection speed, which I hope will be good if and when you decide watch the film. If it’s not running well, you might find that the lip sync is off as well. If the film doesn’t play continuously, it may, again, be due to the connection speed.
If you manage to put up with it, however, I’ll appreciate any comment that you might have. You can either leave it here, on the blog, or on that website.