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Rs. 3,29,765 raised of Rs. 2,50,000 target

142 backers

12 days left

You're Famous

  1. A shout-out on our social media pages and our website    

26 Claimed ( Sold out )

Ships: Globally

Est: 28 Oct, 2014

Private Link Of The Film

  1. A link to download and watch the film before anyone else
  2. A handwritten thank you note from the Goonga Pehelwan
  3. All the previous rewards

50 Claimed ( Sold out )

Ships: Globally

Est: 28 Oct, 2014

Screening Invites

  1. You're invited to the screening of Goonga Pehelwan 
  2. Exclusive Goonga Pehelwan stickers (Postcard Sized) 
  3. All the previous rewards

19 Claimed ( Sold out )

Ships: Globally

Est: 28 Oct, 2014

Dine With The Wrestler

  1. Have dinner with the Goonga Pehelwan in Delhi (travel costs to be borne by you)
  2. Feature in the film credits as the Crowd Associate Producer
  3. An autographed and framed poster of Goonga Pehelwan
  4. All the previous rewards

9 Claimed ( Sold out )

Ships: Globally

Est: 28 Oct, 2014

Even More Famous

  1. A special screening of the film for just you, few friends and the Goonga Pehelwan (at a venue arranged by you)
  2. Feature in the film credits as Crowd Co-Producer
  3. Behind the Scenes footage of the film
  4. All the previous rewards

2 Claimed ( Sold out )

Ships: Globally

Est: 28 Oct, 2014

Executive Producer

  1. Feature in the film credits as Crowd Executive Producer
  2. Watch the Goonga Pehelwan in action
  3. A souvenir of the Goonga Pehelwan from one of his matches
  4. All the previous rewards

 

2 Claimed ( Sold out )

Ships: Globally

Est: 28 Oct, 2014

About the project


Watch the film about a deaf wrestler and his journey to reach the Rio Olympics 2016!

What's Goonga Pehelwan?

Goonga Pehelwan is a documentary that follows India’s most successful deaf athlete on his quest to reach the Rio Olympics 2016 and become only the second deaf wrestler in the history of the Olympics to do so. A captivating account of an incredible athlete, largely unknown and snubbed by the bureaucracy, this is the story of Virender Singh that follows his grit, fierce dedication to fight against restraints and hopes. What would take someone a better part of his life to attain, Virender has and continues to do so in a third of that time. Popularly known as “Goonga” in the wrestling community, Virender is a three-time Deaflympics (Olympics for the Deaf) Medallist, having won gold twice out of these three medals, and a World Champion.


What motivated us to make this film?

Now the first time ever that the story of Virender caught our attention was this very interesting article that we came across about this deaf wrestler who has such prestigious victories to his credit at such a young age but the respect and accolades these achievements should attract were completely lacking. We found ourselves even more titillated when we tried to Google him and found no information or mention of Virender. Baffled at the complete absence of his existence on the virtual world, we were driven to meet him. When we approached him, he greeted us with such warmth and with great affinity we hit off with each other and struck a rapport. Listening to him talk about his struggles and all that he dreams of, it was his motivation and dedication to make it big, which inspired us to take on this film and bring to light this gifted wrestler and the issue that existed regarding the discrimination amongst able-bodied and disabled athletes. There have been no precedents in the Indian sporting history where differently-abled athletes have made it to the able-bodied Olympics. The film delves into his journey from the by-lanes of a village in Haryana to becoming India’s most successful deaf athlete. On the way, it looks at all that he has endured and achieved through a glittering decade and a half long career.

And what's Mission Rio 16?

Mission Rio 16 is an attempt by us to help fulfil, for differently-abled athletes, what is considered to be their greatest dream - to be at the pinnacle of all sporting contests. It was introduced with two major long term objectives - to create a system where there are equal opportunities for all athletes, both able-bodied and disabled, to represent themselves and the nation at competitions within the country and abroad. The second objective is to ensure that the awards and/or rewards received by winners are the same. There should be no discrimination between an able-bodied athlete and a disabled one for an equal achievement. Fighting for all that Virender deserves today is the medium through which we hope to achieve this. Virender stands for a lot more than just an individual who has been wronged by the laws of his own country. He stands for the long overdue social and political transformation that is desperately required today. Through this film and the advocacy for this cause, we want to make sure that he has a place on the wrestling mat in Rio 16.

How did we come together to shoot the film?

After having worked together previously before, we came together with a vision to create an impact in only the field of film-making but also within the communities and largely, the society to be able to create awareness and bring about the changes about how differently abled athletes are treated. Backing us up was a strong team of assistant directors, cinematographers, editors and content writers who made the entire pre-production and production as smooth as it could get for a documentary film of this immensity. The entire team is extremely talented and are strongly motivated to see this film through. The film-makers owe a huge thanks to them for their undying faith and support at every step through the way.

What's our goal?

While the policy level change that we're aiming for is seemingly the more focused, targeted objective, the social awareness goal is just as important because if every person around is acutely aware about the problems faced by their fellow citizens, then there would be no need for such an uprising. We plan to maximize the film's reach manifold. To make sure it reaches that level, help is required in the areas of post-production which covers editing, sound design and colour grading. Also, the money that we raise will be used in helping to screen it in various spaces, nationally, so that we can develop a consciousness about the issue. This will go a long way in fulfilling Virender's dream of making it to the Olympics in Rio 2016.

Where do we plan to screen the film?

As important as the captivating story of the film is, the need for it to reach the right masses in a large number is equally imperative. The process of distribution of a documentary film is quite different from the conventional channels used for that of a commercial film. Since our main objective is to maximize its out-reach and make sure it appeals to audiences from all walks of life, we plan to send this film out to international film festivals, hold screenings in schools, colleges and other such educational institution and are trying for a possibility of a theatrical release. Covering all the major distribution channels will ensure that we realize our aim of widening our audience reach and put this film on the map.

Why crowdfunding?

Since we started this climb, we've received support from a lot of platforms such as schools, corporates, individuals and many more. This has strengthened our morale and encouraged us to keep going. But, for our project to start evolving in other arenas as well, we've reached out to you.

An idea, a cause, can create ripples in society. We're aware of the potential that you hold which is why we're reaching out to you directly. No other means, no other channel will be more effective than the power of the people. We trust that passionately supported ideas and people who strongly believe in them lend more momentum to a cause than anything else. The people, by funding this project, can act as a catalyst for our mission to bring about a change in the lives of the disabled sportspersons in India.

How will the money be used?

Rs. 60000 in Shoot 2nd Leg

Rs. 25000 in Colour Correct

Rs. 75000 in Edit

Rs. 30000 in Sound

Rs. 60000 in Dissemination


What are the hurdles I'll face while chasing my dream?

What started as a very interesting documentary slowly turned into our passion. Now, we want to chase the ultimate dream - that of seeing a differently-abled athlete make it to the Olympics in 2016. In order to reach out to more and more people and make the film attractive to a wide audience in the country, we need help with the editing, color-grading and the sound design. We plan to start screening Goonga Pehelwan in lots of community spaces so more and more of you can watch it and start a dialogue about disability and sports. 

What happens when I don't raise enough money?

In that case, none of the things we've planned for, happen. And our plans are kind of our future. A lot of people are connected to this cause and they'd all be at a dead end in case the funding doesn't come through. This is about all of us backing this amazing athlete and in the process send a heart-warmingly strong message to people all over that when people come together, beautiful things happen.

How am I going to prove that I won't just take all the money and run away?

We're banking on you, absolutely and completely. We'll give you all the details you need, be it our future plans or where we stand currently. It will all be up on our website and you can follow up on us and see what we are upto. In case you're not completely assured by what we're telling you here, you can contact us at 918511556894 at any time of the day. We'd be more than happy to talk. :)


Team

Vivek Chaudhary

Prateek gupta

Mit jani

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Rushabh Vora

You are destined for greatness!! :)Thank You for giving us a chance to play a little role in the journey!! May Mission Rio 16 materialise

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Siddharth Sharma

Fantastic effort guys. Its inspiring to see a young group of guys to come all out in the support for such a talented

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Ripon Deb

My best wishes for the noble cause.

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Cyrill Engelmann

It sounds like a great project and I hope you can make the unheard heard. Best regards from a friend of Chintan´s,Cyrill

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akansha yadav

All the best Team. Vivekkk love you!!! Make history my friend :*

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Sudeep Jaiswal

wana see goonga pehelwan at rio Olympics 2016

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Neeraj Sarma

make Goonga Pehelwan to go ahead...for us

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ashwani sehrawat

good luck and keep doing these kind of works.

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Akanksha Makwana

It's a good initiative. It's unfortunate to see people getting stagnant due to lack of funds. The support is much needed.

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Siva Nine-Eleven

All the Best!

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Abhishek Singh

All the best!

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Rahul Shanbhogue

Virender Singh - U r an inspiration! All the best and make us proud :)

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nikhil jawrani

Well Gud Luck! atleast we people support you!

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Dhruv Baswal

good luck guys!!!

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Sopan Sharma

Keep up the good work.

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Ashok Dalal

My best wishes for the success of your project and best wishes to virender pahalwan

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Rakesh Karpurapu

Keep going guys. Hands off on your move. Jai hind.

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Ajay Bhat

Best of luck! Looking forward to receiving the link and watching the entire video!

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Vishal Kr Singh

All the Best to GoongaPehelwan!!

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Ashish Kumar

Plz make a video which truly bring out the fighting spirit of the wrestler. I will wait to watch this movie. I wish I could give more, I should start earning more. :pIf u could extend my thanks to wrestler, please tell him that he is brilliant. He is pride of India. He is synonymous to Hope! God bless him. With lots of love... Regards, ashish

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Aziz Husain

Get another Gold Medal for India, not for the blind and oblivion Indians but for raising the respect for India in eyes of others and for your own pride!

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Swaroop Singh

all the best .. make india proud.

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Varun Dhingra

Respect for Indian Hero "Goonga Pehelwan" . Good Luck

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Nisarg Patel

Hi Virender, I am a big fan of yours. Please accept this small amount to help with your campaign. I wish it could be more. I extend my best wishes for your bid for the Indian Olympics Team. I hope to see you winning a Gold Medal in Rio Olympics. Best regards,Nisarg Patel

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Ashish Razdan

A great and noble work done. Really appreciate all you guys are doing. Thank you.

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Tarun Gupta

Doing great work by letting the people knows about hidden heros of INDIA, Keep it up.

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Hiren Saraiya

VideowalaDont Worry INDIA is with you

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jolene singh

Keep up the good work of giving recognition to these athletes.

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Sudarshna Rathore

Great initiative.I really hope it reaches the right place and helps the man realise his dream :)

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Samarth Pancholi

All the Best !!!

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Vinod Shetty

All the best, very noble initiative

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Shakti Hazaru

Please spend it for the true cause, I hope this movie will be a big hit

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Ishita Sinha

Lovely ! Great work ! Keep it up !Please let me know if I can join you guys.

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Rohit Mishra

Just make sure he makes it...

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Srishti Yadav

I hope this campaign is a success...

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Avinash Shegokar

Nation Believes in You !Bharatvarsh Aapko Sada Pyar Deta Rahega !All The Best !!!

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Vikrant Singh

All the best......

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Vikram Singh

Do best and let the Indian National Anthem sung in your honour.

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Sarjana Mrigesh Malladi

A very kind initiative. Keep it up ! All the best !

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Prashant Yadav

Thank you. I would love if you would call Virender Singh "Alag Pehelwan" rather than Goonga Pehelwan. He deserves all the respect and accolades!

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Sameer Bahulekar

keep up the good work and motivate people to come forward in different ways possible...

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Kundan Singh

Great work..keep it up..

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Chintan Gandhi

Rooting for ya guys!! :)

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Jennifer Schwarz

You all (Mit, Prateek, Vivek, Juhi, Tanvi, Sunil, others) are amazing! Happy to support your hard work in small ways. Go RIO16

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Arthi Ramesh

Thank you for the opportunity. Keep up the good work!

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Kushal Kumar

Wish you find the fame and name you deserve

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Sangitha Krishnamurthi

Good luck to you guys and to Goonga - please let him know that many, many people are rooting for him and while he may not hear, he will feel the support!

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Pramit Rastogi

Keep up the good work, we need independent film makers like you to bring such issues to the fore. We are behind you.

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Priyanka Mukherjee

Best Wishes :)

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Ketan Kanoongo

Lets go Virender. Hope and pray that you get to go to Rio and win gold. All the best.

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Vish raina

Good Luck!!

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Jitu Singh

Keep the good work going, I Hope Goonga Pehelwan makes INDIA proud ...............

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Rajesh Ceela

Is there a way for me to contact Virender? I desperately want to help him more.

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Raghavender Pulipati

All the BEST!!!! :)

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Siddhant Jain

Fabulous guys, keep bringing such things up! True talent deserves a chance to be showcased.

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Bhavya Ph

All the best.. It's time the Govt recognises all the sportsmen/women in the country and they are treated with dignity and atleast be sponsored to events.

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Tanvi Tank

All the Best.. :)

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Mitesh Sheta

Wish you all the best for your campaign.

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Sumit Goyal

Thanks for your efforts in bringing this story to light. By your efforts, world will be knowing about this great athlete of India. Kudos to you for such a great effort.

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Himanshu Vishwakarma

In Chaudhary, I believe :)

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Ankush Bhadrish

All the best Vivek and team! Hope you guys manage to get the funding you require!!

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Pavan Jha

All the best. Looking forward to the film and ofc wishing big success to Goonga Pehalwan as a sports person!

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Dhaval Gupta

Make Sure Goonga reaches Rio... All the very Best to you guys.

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Neerav Doshi

All the best - this film will go a long way! :D

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Shanil Sanghavi

All the Best :)

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Shaunak Kar

Good Luck with Rio (:

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Prajakta Athavale

Bhai log :D :D :D All the very best! Ho jayega... aaram se :) Virender is going to Rio!*giant wala hug*

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Siddarth Dudheria

I think this is a fantastic initiative! Kudos and I wish you luck in your fund raising endeavor.

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Jayraj Pandya

Probably the least I could ve done for him! :)

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Ranjitha Rajeevan

ALL THE BEST FOR ALL FOUR PEHELWANS :P

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PReeti KS

Have been a fan of you guys for long! Thanks for giving a chance to be a part of this! :)

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Piyush Videowala

National Award boss!!!

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Raina Shah

All the very best.. :)

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Bandish Soparkar

I remember the first time I saw the movie at Rangmandal. I had some idea of what I was to expect but I was honestly blown away by what I saw. Happy to see it coming from someone I know. Hope to see more coming out. Giving money is although the easiest thing to support, here I am, to do the least that I can.

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Nimit Mehra

Keep on doing great stuff! You guys are an inspiration for the rest of us running the rat race!


We've got news

Your Story showers a lot of love!

7 August, 2014

Your Story, the amazing platform gives the campaign a huge push forward with this amazing piece on Virender and the Goonga Pehelwan story.