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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

  • 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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While Pixel smartphones demonstrate Google’s willingness to more tightly integrate hardware and software like Apple, they have not been a massive sales success story for now owing to the lack of a solid strategy to beat the rivals, industry analysts said on Monday.

Google is set to announce two new Pixel smartphones — Pixel 4 and 4 XL along with a 5G version — a rumoured Pixel Watch and a slew of updated home products like Nest series of devices.

Google Pixel currently has a minuscule global market share despite arriving on the scene in 2016. In the second quarter of 2019, it had less than 0.1 market share in the Indian premium smartphone segment.

According to Frank Gillett, Vice President and Principal Analyst at global market research firm Forrester, Google needs to do more than just confirm rumours of the Pixel 4 and its list of flagship phone innovations at its launch event on October 15.

“Keeping the Pixel as a lighthouse Android smartphone to challenge and inspire Android OEM (original equipment manufacturers) partners won’t be enough. Google needs to update their Nest line of devices. We expect to see updates to the Mini smart speaker, at a minimum, plus new Google Wi-Fi units with a smart speaker included,” Gillett told IANS.

They should also update on the Google Buds, the Pixelbook laptop and the Nest Hello digital doorbell, he added.

“Google’s devices team needs to keep up with competition from Amazon, whose Echo and Ring products lines now cover a wide swath of the smart home.

“And Microsoft’s new Surface line of products has put Google on notice that Microsoft is back in the smartphone race (using Android!) and doubling down on thought leadership for laptops and tablets,” Gillett added.

Launched with much fanfare, the first edition of Pixel and Pixel XL were announced during a press event on October 4, 2016, succeeding the Nexus line of smartphones.

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Pixels suffered from several issues after the release, including excessive optical lens flare in pictures captured through rear camera, connectivity issues with some mobile data bands, unstable Bluetooth connections, unexpected battery shutdowns, and failing microphones.

Google acknowledged those issues and released fixes for most of them but to no avail.

The tech giant has also admitted that it has sold fewer Pixel phones owing to industry-wide pressure on high-end smartphones.

“For the new Pixel 4 smartphones to be successful, Google will have to do two things — to accelerate retail execution and partnerships with telcos and to demonstrate that tighter integration with Android 10 delivers a better experience than the new iPhone 11, Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10 devices,” said Thomas Husson, Vice President and Principal Analyst.

The analysts expect Google to also try to differentiate by embedding the latest version of the Google Assistant, enabling new use cases and interfaces with apps.

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“It remains to be seen if Google manages to launch the new Google Assistant in multiple languages beyond English. Beyond tighter voice integration, Google may also support touchless hand gestures and advanced face unlock,” Husson added.

Given the slow 5G start and the limited consumer benefits, Google may wait till 2020 for a 5G edition, the analysts suggested.

“To keep up with competition with Amazon, I’d expect Google to launch several new smart home speakers and devices and to pivot all of them under the Nest brand umbrella,” Husson noted. (IANS)