On October 10, 2015, Ridley Scott, Anurag Kashyap, Richie Mehta and Google invited the people of India to share their stories about life in an evolving India - from the ordinary to the extraordinary; personal to profound. The result: India's first fully crowdsourced feature .. morefilm.
India In A Day is a story about the lives, loves, hopes, dreams, aspirations and worries of people in a country that is in the throes of dramatic technological, economic, political and sociological change.
Executive produced by Ridley Scott and Anurag Kashyap
Directed by Richie Mehta
Filmed by you
"Evolving, after all, is a hopeful term. But, to me, this is life, as we know it — a free ticket to smiles and sighs tucked away beyond the physicality of globetrotting. And its most remarkable aspect is the soundtrack: bits of music made like glue to stick together broken.. more pieces of existence. Each of them is a tiny film; a short travelogue; an enduring reminder."
Writes, Rahul Desai in this must-read piece.
Mehta suspects that the film’s success may have to do with India itself. "I keep wanting to explore different facets of that place through film," he said, "because it's a place where human drama is just right there in front of you. It's not hiding in any way. I think it's .. morea place where we can really measure where we've come and where we're going."
"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 .. morein 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."
"We had around 16,000 clips to work from, which was 365 hours of footage! It took us three and a half months just to watch the raw footage. After we watched everything, we realized the potential of the footage and started working on it. It was really crazy. We had fifteen lo.. moreggers who were watching the footage. There were seven assistant editors. I also functioned in the capacity of the editor cum director. Overall it was like a sculpture that we all were together trying to sculpt."
"Directed by critically acclaimed director, Richie Mehta and executive produced by Anurag Kashyap and Ridley Scott, the film received an overwhelming response from the audience. “I am very happy that MAMI Film Club picked up India in a Day. This is the best platform where .. moreit could have premiered. This is where film enthusiasts come, filmmakers come and MAMI is a point where all of them converge,” says Kashyap."
"There is no denying that India is a strange place and it might be easy to be flummoxed by it," says the director. "But since all the footage was given to us, we have tried to honestly represent what the people of the land want to be represented."
"One of things we have talked about in the film is we can’t distill it down to one phrase or statement especially verbally. It is so complicated, it is so varied; tragic and funny. I know it sounds like a pitch for a movie but it kind of is. I can’t actually sum it up. I.. more can make the correlation that what is happening in the film is what is happening in humanity.
India is one of the only countries in the world that has gone to Mars, which is a huge achievement technologically and yet you have places that are a thousand years in the past. So you have that juxtaposition in one country which is reflective of the juxtaposition of humanity. It shows how far we’ve come and how far we still have to come."