"We don't believe filmmaking is a costly affair. For us, Film is not an industry, rather an activism. It is not all about gloss"
One Rupee Film is a 90-minute long docu-fiction about independent film-making in India. The story goes something like this that a group of youngsters get involved with film-making in a manner theatre and Little Magazines are formed, just for the sake of making films. The film starts at a point where they are going through some kind of crisis, one, is a crisis of identity since they have hardly ever seen the large equipment essential for making films; secondly an economic crisis, the minimum cost of making a film. Both these are dependent on each other, that is, if one is resolved, the other will resolve on its own. Under such circumstances, one of them decides to stop despairing and vows to make a full-length feature film at any cost. Watch this space as his film making journey unfolds.
Story behind the film by the Director -
"On the 19th evening (or may be night), in the month of February, at around 22:30 hrs. when I told Mr. Gurpal Singh "Gurpal ji, bahat ho gaya, abhi feature banani hai. Logon se ek ek rupiyaa leke suru karne ka socha hai [It has been enough, now I want to make a feature. I thought of starting it by putting a demand of one rupee to everyone]" Sriparna and Surya were there in front of Chakrateertha House, Puri, Orissa and I was quite astonished that I've actually said it. Before that, the idea was shared only once with Sriparna. Gurpal replied smilingly, like he does on every occasion, 'well, it's a great idea but is there anyone here who believes that you won't spend those one rupees on fags and boozes. See, there have been many people in the last years, coming up with ideas like these, collecting money for making film and afterwards none of them were traceable neither their films." --- This reply is what made me feel the necessity of starting this blog - http://onerupeefilm.blogspot.in
About the film makers
Sriparna Dey, Anamitra Roy, radically independent film makers from West Bengal, co-founded the no-budget film making forum 'Little Fish Eat Big Fish' along with Mr. Arupratan Ghosh in 2008. Anamitra hails from Bandel, a small town near Calcutta and studied at Jadavpur University and Sriparna is from Sodepur, a part of North Calcutta and studied at Calcutta University. Till date, their forum has produced 14 short films and two feature length films since 2008 out of which 12 shorts and two features were released in three compilations in three consecutive years.
They ask with utmost confidence, "Do you know another forum in this country which has been this much consistent? Do you know a filmmaker in India who did take up no-budget as a serious method of film production before or by the year 2008?" Well, if our answers to their questions are "no", then why not support them in their social movement and make it largest no-budget movie till date through your contributions! You can be a part of a radical evolution in the history of film making in India!