| Rupam Sarmah at his recording studio in Jorhat. Telegraph picture |
Jorhat, Aug. 12: Rupam Sarmah wants to create acceptance for those whom society ignores and often shuns.
The US-based filmmaker and music composer plans to make a Hollywood film on the disabled, which will have mentally challenged persons or those suffering from cerebral palsy in various roles.
In his endeavour, Sarmah has frequented and at times stayed in institutes where the differently-abled children and adults live or are trained.
“For the last one-and-a- half years I have been visiting such institutions, stayed with children and people who are mentally challenged so that I can understand and interact with them better. Now, I am in the process of learning sign language. Then I will train differently-abled persons who will play the lead actors or actresses,” he said.
Sarmah said several incidents had touched his heart and prompted the need to raise awareness at an international level of the feelings, struggles and abilities of those who are different.
“The beginning was when I came across a woman who committed suicide after being unable to come to terms with giving birth to a disabled child,” he said.
Sarmah, who lives in California, was here in his hometown recently to shoot some reference footage of the untitled film.
Recently, he was in Calcutta to interact with a wheelchair-bound person suffering from cerebral palsy.
“The film will be shot in Jorhat, Guwahati, Calcutta, Varanasi and the US and will be given to a Hollywood production house. The songs are being recorded and the background score, which plays is a pivotal role in a film like this, has been completed and we have started shooting the reference footage,” he said.
Earlier, the filmmaker had made a documentary on Majuli, In Search of God, which won him the Best Documentary award in the Indian Film Festival hosted in Houston last year.
This year, his maZumba Media and Entertainment had organised the world record-breaking symphony here in which more than 500 musicians and vocalists from across the globe played 300 different folk instruments together.