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India in a day: A heartfelt crowdsourced film documenting lives of Indians by the Indians

Depicting a big chunk of being an Indian, ‘India in a day’ pastes your real life onto the screens beautifully

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  • Backed by Google and produced by Ridley Scott’s company Scott Free Films and Anurag Kashyap, ‘India in a day’ is a 90-minute documentary feature film
  • The contributors of the movie range from 20-30 year olds
  • 16,000 entries were sent by 4000 people in 50 languages

September 24, 2016: India. It’s not a word, it’s an emotion. It’s not a country, it’s a feeling.

There is no one way you can figure this country out. It’s like the vast expanse of an ocean you can’t wrap your arms around. ‘India in a day’, a crowd-sourced 90 minute documentary feature film is the Indo-Canadian director Richie Mehta’s attempt to present India in a shawl bundled up by its people. About a year back, Ridley Scott’s company Scott Free Films and Anurag Kashyap asked thousands of people to submit a clip of their day-to-day life in the country. Long or short, informative or falling down from your chair funny, moving traffic or your kids screaming, anything meant anything. 16,000 entries were sent by 4000 people in 50 languages. And today finally after 3 months of watching the footage, 5 months of editing it and then a dash of few more months to add the background score, its ready to be released.

Turning 365 hours of footage into a precisely 86-minute length film wasn’t a casual task. The footage spanned from people talking about landing on Mars to clips of a farmer showing his version of paradise, his land. A lot of such examples where people narrated their stories are part of the film. Richie Mehta’s favourite piece is of a dad asking his daughter to speak along with him. She repeats ‘’When I grow older, I want to learn karate because I have to defend myself.’ Mehta thinks it sends across a very strong message, it reflects how a father feels about his daughter’s tomorrow and the need for her to learn to self-defend.

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The contributors of the movie range from 20-30 year olds coming mostly from Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Occasionally there are a couple of clips added from the elderly where they try to figure out how to use a camera. The final version includes shots by 330 contributors in 15 languages.

Mehta felt that it was important to do justice to what the people were trying to say and at the same time keep the film light. Hence he begins on a soft note and places the dramatic shots in the second half of the film.

The teams had weekly meetings to shortlist the videos and check the discarded videos for something they missed. They looked for strong visuals and aesthetics in the beginning but soon shifted their focus since even the phone camera footage had compelling messages to share.

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The film will be released on Youtube in the coming few weeks with the credit line ‘filmed by you’.

– by Karishma Vanjani of NewsGram. Twitter: @BladesnBoots

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  • Enakshi Roy Chowdhury

    This will be good .. India in a day

  • Ashwati Menon

    India is known to be bright,colorful but at the same time considered to be a poverty-ridden country which is not only sad but also the truth.I am in love with this country because i love all its scars and goodness,the overcrowded trains as well as the family culture because when we are in love with someone or something we ought to love everything about it <3

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Big reforms Led to India becoming the fastest growing major Economy globally: Garg

It also has enormous implications for emerging markets and developing countries

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The RBI building in Mumbai.
The RBI building in Mumbai. Photo credit: AFP/Sajjad Hussain

The major reforms undertaken by the Indian government for raising economic growth and maintaining macroeconomic stability have made the country one of the fastest growing major economies in the world, said Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA).

Garg was addressing the Special Event hosted by US-India Strategic Partnership Forum on ‘Indian Economy: Prospect and Challenges’ in Washington D.C on Friday.

Indian economy needs more reforms.
Indian economy needs more reforms.

He said the launch of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) represented an “historic economic and political achievement, unprecedented in Indian tax and economic reforms, which has rekindled optimism on structural reforms.” He further emphasized that India carried-out such major reforms when the global economy was slow.

“With the cyclical recovery in global growth amid supportive monetary conditions and the transient impact of the major structural reforms over, India will continue to perform robustly,” Garg said.

During his meetings, Garg highlighted that the digital age technologies have profound implications for policies concerning every aspects of the economy. It also has enormous implications for emerging markets and developing countries.

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He expressed that the response to such a transformation will have to shift from ‘catch up’ growth to adoption/adaption of digital technologies for development and growth.

Garg also informed that India has started adopting policies and programmes for transforming systems of delivery of services using digital technologies and connecting every Indian with digital technologies and access through Aadhaar and other such means.

Indian economy should be on rise.
Indian economy should be on rise. Image: Mapsofindia

While citing the example of expanding mobile data access, he mentioned that India is now the largest consumer of mobile data in the world with 11 gigabytes mobile data consumption per month. He informed that India is investing in digital technologies, encouraging private sector to adapt these technologies and also addressing the taxation related issues by introducing equalisation levy.

Garg is currently on an official tour to Washington D.C. to attend the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and other associated meetings. He is accompanied by Urjit Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India and other senior officials. IANS