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People to fund social film

Inspired by the success of his first feature film, Chhapra resident Pawan K. Shrivastava plans to start the pre- production of his next project in Hindi from the second week of August.

Pawan made his debut 93-minute bilingual film in Hindi and Bhojpuri, Naya Pata, with the help of crowd funding. The film was released on June 27 under the banner of PVR Director’s Rare and was screened in eight cities, including Patna and Bangalore.

For his first film, people from Bihar settled in Australia, Finland, Delhi, Mumbai and US helped him in generating around Rs 8 lakh.

Pawan took the help of social media to reach out to people to collect funds for his film. Speaking from Delhi, he said: “I will start the pre-production of my second film from August and hope to complete it in a year-and-a-half. At present, I am looking for young and passionate minds with understanding of cinema to help me in the project. For this film, while half of the funds will be raised through crowd funding, the rest will be given by a producer.”

Pawan’s first film dealt with the issue of migration menace, while his next untitled project will deal with the issue of Dalits in India.

Pawan said: “The film is based in Janjgir Champa district in Chhattisgarh, where the condition of Dalits is bad. Though the film would be fictional, I will pursue real case studies to connect with the people.”

Commenting on the budget of the film, Pawan said: “The budget would be within Rs 1 crore and I am already in talks with three producers and am hopeful that one of them will be ready to sponsor half of it. I am also in touch with people settled abroad who can help me generate funds.”

Pawan has also decided to send his first film to Chicago South Asian Film Festival to be held in September 2014 and Silent River Film Festival in New York to be held in February 2015.

Audition for the film will be held in Delhi, Mumbai, Patna and Bhopal in October.


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