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Grandma's Moist Chocolate Cake

● You’re awesome! A big hug from me to you!

23 Claimed ( 99977 Left )

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Est: 30 Dec, 2016

Lemon Cake with Marshmallow Frosting

● We'll send you a high-res digital poster of the film
● You'll get a special hand written note to thank you from the Director via email!
● A HUGE social media shout out via our Facebook page to let everyone know how AWESOME you are!

38 Claimed ( 262 Left )

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Est: 25 Dec, 2016

Almond Honey Cake With Strawberry Ripple Cream

● Watch the film before anyone else! One time watch password protected link of Sisak before it premieres at an Indian Film Festival
● Receive artwork from the film made exclusively for you! (via email)
● All of the above mentioned in the 'Lemon Cake with Marshmallow Frosting'

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Est: 5 May, 2017

Hot Chocolate Meringue Cake

● You'll receive an invite for two to the private preview screening in Mumbai (travel to be borne by the backer)
● Hang out with the cast and crew post the show
● Be a film critic for a day! Your video byte will be hosted on social media
● All Almond Honey Cake With Strawberry Ripple Cream rewards

Travel and International shipping cost to be borne by the backer and will be mailed during the time of shipment.

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Est: 25 May, 2017

Boston Cream Pie Cake

● We'll give you credits in the 'Special Thanks' section of the movie
●You'll get to join us on a very special train ride / coffee date!
● Your very own love story to be featured on a Vlog!
●You'll be receiving a signed DVD of Sisak
● All Hot Chocolate Meringue Cake rewards

Travel and International shipping cost to be borne by the backer and will be mailed during the time of shipment.

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Est: 25 May, 2017

Chocolate Ganache Cake with Starwberries

● You'll get 'Additional Producer' credits
● We'll send you the original screenplay of Sisak with beautiful artwork and exclusive posters
● Be a part of a 6 hour long film-making workshop in Mumbai (Skype incase you cannot travel)
● All of the Boston Cream Pie Cake rewards except earlier credits

Travel and International shipping cost to be borne by the backer and will be mailed during the time of shipment.

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Est: 25 May, 2017

Seven Layered Red Velvet Cake With Hazelnut Frosting

● You'll receive 'Associate Producer' credits
● Get Special seating for 10 at the premiere (VIP)
● Come with us for all film festivals (travel to be borne by the funder)
●Original book covers used by the artists as framed memorabilia
● We'll give you a framed poster from the film as a token

Travel and International shipping cost to be borne by the backer and will be mailed during the time of shipment.

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About the project

SISAK is a silent film about two men who meet each other, over a period of many nights, in the Mumbai local train.


Minimum target crossed!

Thanks to over 80 backers from different corners of the world, we made our minimum goal on August 31st!  I have been working my way through the list & writing to each & every one to express my deepest gratitude this past week - saying thank you for such incredible generosity has been one of the best parts of this campaign. Meanwhile…


OUR CAMPAIGN IS LIVE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 24th & WE CAN EXCEED OUR GOAL


Why Do You Need More Money?

Our "All or Nothing" campaign target was based on the MINIMUM we would need to finish the post-production of the film, and on what we felt confident of raising in the time given. Little did we know that we would race towards our target in just 7 days! Now, that our minimum goals have been met, we would use the extra funds to increase its value in post-production during the duration of this campaign itself. Here's how we'll do that:


What will you use the additional funds for?

With the additional funds raised we would be able to meet these stretch goals, in the following order of priority:

STRETCH GOAL #1:  TRAVEL TO FILM FESTIVALS


INR 3 LAKHS | US$ 5000


STRETCH GOAL #2: PAY ACTORS & CREW


INR 3 LAKHS | US$ 5000


STRETCH GOAL #3 A GRAND GALA PREMIERE OF SISAK

INR 3 LAKHS | US$ 5000

 

I am Faraz Arif Ansari, and I have been working in the film industry for the last 8 years as a Writer, Associate Director, Casting Director and Executive Producer on films like Fox Star’s ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’, Deepa Bhatia’s Award Winning Documentary ‘Nero’s Guests’, Karan Johar’s ‘Gippi!’, Zee Telefilms' ‘Silvat’ (for Zeal For Unity). Apart from feature films, I have also made a short film ‘Siberia’ that has travelled to more than 30 international film festivals and won the Best Actress & Best Director Awards. Sisak is my second independent short film.

 

What is Sisak all about?

Two men meet in the Mumbai Local train over a period of many nights. Not a word is spoken, nor is there possibility for any sort of physical intimacy but what conspires between them is a wordless romance, so strong that it brings them closer to each other, night after night and perhaps, delivers them with transitory moments of fleeting happiness and solace from the unkind realities of the passing world outside.

 

What was my inspiration behind this movie?

I’ve always been inspired by Haruki Murakami. A quote that stuck with me for many years after I had read his infamous ‘Sputnik Sweetheart’ also became the inspiration for Sisak. The quote being, “Lonely metal souls in the unimpeded darkness of space, they meet, pass each other, and part, never to meet again. No words passing between them. No promises to keep.” This instantly reminded me of the momentary unspoken romances that have happened to all of us through our lives – sometimes, with the passenger sitting next to us on the long flight, or the glimpse of someone that caught our attention as we crossed the road, or a short-lived conversation that will be treasured forever. Some love stories are brief but that doesn’t make them any less grand. Sisak is a tribute to these passing, lost and unsaid love stories that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.

 

What makes Sisak unique? 

Sisak is India’s First Silent LGBTQ love story presented in the format of a short feature. It has been shot entirely inside the Mumbai Local Trains with two actors, a wafer-thin crew, a borrowed camera and no permissions. Generally, most LGBTQ films are about individuals coming out of the closet, or coming to terms with their sexualities or the various other social, political & other issues that are prevalent in the lives of a homosexual person, but Sisak isn’t about any of that. Sisak takes you inside a wordless world of romance, where a public transport becomes the most private place for these two men to silently observe and fall in love with each other.

Why does Sisak need to be seen by the world today?

In India, homosexuality is still illegal. Section 377 of the Constitution of India criminalizes sexual act between two consenting adults of the same sex. Sadly, what it also criminalizes is the right of an individual to love another individual of his/her choice/preference if they belong to the same sex. There is a reason why Sisak is a silent film. There is a reason why Sisak is a story of two men falling in love, silently. There is a reason why their love story unfolds on a public transport which is used by millions of people, everyday. What else will they do when the society mocks it, the laws make you a criminal for loving a person? Where will you hide but right in the midst of the crowd, to conceal yourself and find a moment of respite and perhaps, fall in love? This is why Sisak should be seen by everyone – to demystify this whole “homosexual” angle because it is nothing different than a person loving another person. Sisak takes us inside to the most intimate emotions that two individuals feel for each other. That emotion is love. Just that, both of these two individuals happen to be men.

 


 

Some behind the scenes fun! 
 

Why crowdfunding?

After struggling for two long years to make my first ‘mainstream’ feature film that has a homosexual protagonist, I realized that nobody wants to make a ‘commercial’ film with such a story or characters. Almost, every leading actor from the country refused to act in it. Almost every production house in the country loved the script and the project but backed out from producing it. And somewhere between all the trials, tribulations, refusals and long, aimless journeys in the Mumbai local, Sisak was born. With the help of my friends and colleagues from the film industry who believed in my vision and my script, I managed to shoot Sisak purely on my goodwill. Now, I am turning to crowdfunding for the final stage of the film – the post-production, and participating in national and international mainstream film festivals.

How will the money be used?

Rs. 50000 in Editing

Rs. 50000 in Color Correction, VFX & Mastering

Rs. 50000 in Music

Rs. 100000 in Sound Design, Audio Clean Up & Final Mix

Rs. 20000 in Submission Fees for Film Festivals (Average Fees)

Rs. 30000 in Adminstration Fees


What are the risks and challenges associated with your project?

The biggest risk of making Sisak is that it is an LGBTQ film trying to break norms that exist in the LGBTQ film circuit and otherwise. Also, it is experimental in its form, because it is a silent short feature film.

What happens if we don't raise enough funds for the film?

If enough money is not raised, Sisak might remain as a wonderful dream that was dreamed and realized only halfway through. However, I am hopeful that the entire LGBTQ community and every other individual who believes in equal rights for all will come forward and support this film. Also, given the USP of the film, I am sure that there are many individuals out there who want to see a story that is all heart and soul.

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

Having worked in the film industry for the last eight years now and having done big films, I am sure that people will have enough faith in me and my film to know that the money will go in the completion of the film. Also, I have a wonderful cast & crew – A famous supermodel, a budding actor who is studying filmmaking, a well-known Director of Photography, a National Award Winning Sound Designer, and a bunch of people, including myself who have been tirelessly working behind the scenes for some of your most favorite films in the last decade! If this doesn’t convince people that this is a legit project, I don’t know what will!

Team

Faraz Ansari

Director, Writer & Producer

Jitin Gulati

Actor

Dhruv Singhal

Actor

Saurabh Goswami

Director of Photography

Anuraag Dhoundelay

Music Director

Shrikant Bhatt

Assistant Director

Richa Desai

Assistant Director

Inderjit Nagi

Costume Stylist

Farah Khan

Executive Producer

Syed Ali Arif

Production Designer

Priyanka Patel

PR & Publicity Director


Reviews

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Ayush Agarwal

21 September, 2016

All the very best for the movie. Hope it reaches the right people. Hugs! :)


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Rajyawardhan Singh Thakur

17 September, 2016

Hey Faraz, For all the courage, hard work, dedication, love and feelings you have put into this baby of yours, may Sisak capture hearts of the LGBTQ community and beyond. My best wishes!


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Sucharita Tunga

7 September, 2016

Best wishes in all you do Team "Sisak" Tons of love and warm hugs. Sucharita Tunga


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Reid Waterer

2 September, 2016

Hi. I just donated. I wish you luck and great success with the project! I met the wonderful guy Jitin a few years ago when my short YOU CANT CURRY LOVE played in a festival with his film AMEN. I am happy you are making this film. It is so important and it is very strong of you to take the risks to do it. It looks great. I look forward to seeing it!


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Jeevan Gaikwad

2 September, 2016

Good luck! Cheers.


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Gilles Madras

31 August, 2016

Dear Faraz Mariam Arif Ansari, you said: "7 is my lucky number and i have a very strong feeling that we'll meet our goal today." Guess what? You just did ;-)


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Krishna Brandt

31 August, 2016

Best wishes from Krishna and Brandt in Canada.


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Bianca D'Costa

31 August, 2016

Goodjob. Its my first time doing something like this but I know it will be worth it.


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Anuj Gurwara

30 August, 2016

More power to you and the team! Loads of love and luck!


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Mansi Multani

30 August, 2016

Buckets of love Faraz! May you fly high and beyond, with this film and every future endeavor ♥️ Hugs, Mansi


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Niraj Singh

30 August, 2016

All the best!


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Lotus Visual

30 August, 2016

Best wishes for your project..


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Veera saxena

29 August, 2016

Hey faraz, I hope this film does super well and all you hard work and positivity pays off. Lots of love.


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Billy Ward

27 August, 2016

Hope this will and happen, and thanks to Meher Mistry for letting me know about it.


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Arghya Sinha Roy

27 August, 2016

Silence is the most intimate way to express ourselves All the very best


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Rahul Sharma

27 August, 2016

All the best Faraz! Look forward to the movie. Love and good wishes.... Rahul.


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Prachi Mahajan

26 August, 2016

All the very best ! I am sure you will complete this film & it would be a hit !


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Akshay Tyagi

25 August, 2016

<3


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Jonathan Marques

25 August, 2016

Dear Faraz, So glad to see you do something like this using your talents and creativity! Wishing you the best of luck for your film and I hope to see it change a million mindsets in a country like ours :) Cheers! Jonathan


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Samta Sagar

25 August, 2016

Faraz keep it up.... Love you😇😇😇


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Prashant Verma

25 August, 2016

fly


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Pradeep Divgikar

24 August, 2016

Proud of you for having embarked on this beautiful creative mission. Looking forward to seeing the power of silence in conveying such a bold message. Wish you boundless success in this endeavour and future creative pursuits as well, especially the ones which are off the beaten path. God Bless and Cheers!


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Nishank Verma

24 August, 2016

All the best for the film Faraz. Can't wait to see it.


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Sarfaraz Siddiqui

24 August, 2016

All the best Faraz...


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Shankar Varier

24 August, 2016

Hey Faraz and the whole wonderful team. Have seen a handful amount of people trying to make an actual difference.You guys surely are giving it a good shot. I wish Sisak a big success! Thank you guys! Regards, Shankar Varier


We've got news

WE MADE IT! THANKS TO ALL OF YOU! BUT... THE JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN!

1 September, 2016

We have managed to hit our target amount in a week and now the film will be made for sure. I cannot even begin to thank each and everyone of you for the generous love you have shown, it has been truly overwhelming. 

But this was just the beginning! We actually, really need extra funds for travel to the film festivals, paying the cast and crew and also hosting a super grand premier!


Do read the About Section for more details!


Much Much Much Love !!