Imagine a world where everything is the same — one kind of plants, trees, animals, only one color, identical homes, all the streets with same names, homes with same numbers. Imagine a world where you only have one kind of pots and pans and you eat the same food for every meal, every day, we do the exact same tasks every day — day in and day out and are surrounded by people who all look the same.
Does that make you feel uncomfortable or remind you of Groundhog Day? If it does, you are not alone.
Kaur Films is all about IMAGINATION.
Imagine a gender equitable society. Where women are not the stereotypical nurturers and men are not the conventional providers. Where the roles that people play in the society are aligned with their acumen and interests rather than a gender driven portrayal of a deeply entrenched parochial viewpoint.
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Such a society does not exist yet. But imagining it is a worthwhile exercise. It was only a few years ago that Malala Yousafzai was almost killed for wanting an education for herself. Her story is…
As a film maker, researching inequity and disparity for stories of strength and resilience is what I do even when not making films. The last few weeks, I have been pondering over the impact of art on society. It started with the film, Hidden Figures, which did a fantastic job of telling the story of 3 acclaimed black women who changed history. The film had more of an impact than real life — so much so that inspired by the film, the US State Department created an educational exchange for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
I suppose, I am an accidental filmmaker.
For it was by sheer accident that bored of making sales calls in New Delhi, I called up the offices of National Geographic, asking for a job on a Friday and started working with them a week later. One fine monsoon afternoon, a chance meeting with Steve McCurry, the photographer of The Afghan Girl, taught me two things that I would always carry with me: to be intensely aware of the world around me and to live life passionately.
Jaspal Singh Bhatti (1955–2012), the Punjabi satirist with his unique brand of humor, entertained us for nearly three decades. Through vehicles such as his brainchild, The Nonsense Club (started in 1982), he challenged our wisdom about deep-rooted social practices.
Tragically, on October 25, 2012, one day before the release of his son’s debut film ‘Power Cut‘, he was killed in an automobile accident.
The eternally optimistic director, producer, actor and social activist left behind a legacy of satire that has spawned hundreds of imitators, but none quite like the master himself.
Here are some excerpts from a conversation I had…