- THE JOURNEY

Launches "Grimitiyas" in Bollywood

- is essentially a Bollywood film because it was filmed in India (Mumbai, Lucknow and Pune) and all its female cast and several male casts playing minor and junior roles are all from Bollywood and other parts of India. The filming crew is from Bollywood and initial post-production work was also done in India. Needless to say, majority of the locations and studious where the film is filmed is in India. According to the demand one scene was filmed in Sydney.

That's where the Bollywood connection largely ends because does not fit into any of the main types of films that have been made in India since Dadasaheb Phalke produced its first silent feature film Raja Harishchandra in 1913. To start with the Producer, the Writer/Director/Editor, the main production team and all the lead male actors are from the Indian diaspora. More significantly, all of them have origins in the girmit diaspora; being descendants of the indentured Indians transported to the British colonies from 1826 to 1917. The film team are descendants of Fiji, Tanzania and Malawi, now living in Sydney and London.

- does not sit neatly in any of the main genres (Parallel, Masala and Middle Cinema). The producer of the film, Ron Chandra, did not entertain Masala movie at all for this movie. Hence the choice was between parallel and middle cinema. straddles best of the parallel and middle cinema minus the mandatory 5-6 songs that have become integral part of middle cinema and are often filmed out of sync with spine of the story. In fact four great songs have been recorded and filmed in India for this film. But the producer is now deciding not to include the songs in the film because of two main reasons. First, inclusion of the songs will make the film too long; the film is already 140 mins long. Second, he feels that the inclusion of songs may adversely affect the flow of the beautifully crafted story of the film. view more

For the producer, the story of his first film was extremely important. He has had a very long connection with Bollywood; being credited with bring stage shows of Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Sadashiv Amrapurkar to Australia and south pacific in 1990s. It is the story of that drew his attention to this film project and he concluded that it will be the perfect launch pad for his son Nivish Chandra in Bollywood.

Ron Chandra had already worked with Dr Rai, the writer and director of some eighteen years ago on Australia's first independent free to air television channel and was aware of all his film and television work since 1997. He liked what he saw and thus began collaboration on in 2016.

What also sets apart from any of the Bollywood film production is that all the main male cast and production team is from Australia and UK. However the crew and all the main female cast are from Bollywood. The producer has acquired the latest version of Black Magic cinematic camera and battery operated production equipment for best quality and ease of production. The latest version of DaVinci Resolve 14 editing software ensured par excellence technical quality of .

The primary shooting of the film was completed in 24 days. Adhering to the parallel and middle cinema ingredients of working with newcomers and unknown artists, stars newcomers from Bollywood and the Indian diaspora. Both the producer and the director are very pleased with the works of these brilliant actors. will be released in India and throughout the Indian diaspora soon. One of the highlights of - is to watch how the four male actors have acted in Hindi and held their own opposite the female and other Bollywood cast.

Seventeen year old Nivish Chandra, the lead male actor is born in Sydney; his parents being born in Fiji, who had migrated to Australia after the racist coups of Fiji. Nivish's first language is English and mother tongue is Fiji Baat (talk). He did not receive any formal training in what is know as shud (pure) Hindi; what he has learnt of this language is through Bollywood films and Hindi songs. His excellence in memorising his lines written in English and delivering them with confidence of seasoned actor should alone make us proud as descendants of girmitiyas. While many children living in the west, and even in India find it hard to speak in Hindi, this teenager has demonstrated that when the opportunity arises, he can excel in the language of his girmitiya ancestors. The accent in which Nivish speaks Hindi adds to the beauty of the diasporic Bollywood film. Nivish's effort to learn and speak Hindi is his first feature film is exemplary and should act as motivation to millions of youngsters in India and in the Indian diaspora who shy away from Hindi and consider English as superior and impressive. view less

From The Directors Desk

- THE STORY

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A film with a social purpose
Film production has witnessed a great change in the recent decade or so. From being a creative art today it has become a medium of entertainment. However we still come across some great cinematic creations today; but they rare and not enough. Over the hundred plus history of Indian cinema, we have had some great creative film makers who gave us many great socially relevant films. The lovers of this kind of cinematic creativities would recognise these filmmakers, the films and the actors who we will hold dear till we die. For all these millions of film lovers, the emergence of films/movies/flicks and so on a mindless entertainment is painful; many have stopped watching these kinds of films. However, for various reasons, millions still watch these kinds of films and the result is the Indian film industry continues to churn them out on regular basis. Entertainment is good and essential. One can get entertained watching a cricket match, hockey or a game of gooli danda! But there needs to a point of departure from mindless entertainment and creative art! view more

It is a big challenge and risk for a producer to invest in a film which seeks to challenge today's obsession with production of money driven and corporate sponsored entertainment movies. After all film production of any genre needs money, lots of them today and the producer needs to generate some money through his or films to recover investments initially and to make profit to perhaps invest in the next film. Hence, a lot of thought is invested by the producer before s/he decides to produce the film.

For the producer of - , the paramount concern initially was the story of the film. Story telling and listening is inherent part of human being. First stories were told orally and also handed down orally to succeeding generations over many centuries. Later stories were depicted in stone and other carvings and later in writings. With invention of cameras the stories were captured in pictures and later in moving pictures. In the beginning the moving pictures had only pictures and words to tell the story, later spoken words replaced written words and music and songs were also added. The moving pictures were made in black and white and later color was added to it. The development of the technological aspects of moving pictures, now known in the English world as films, cinema, movies, flicks and so on, worked to enhance the art of storytelling. Unfortunately, today in many cases, the art of storytelling has been pushed into the background and other gimmicks have been shoved to the foreground. This includes gratuitous display of female sexuality and later male sexuality. The producers of VJpath wanted none of the latter, but remain faithful to the art of storytelling!

Hence the story of is central to this Australian-Indian film production. The inspiration for this film is told elsewhere. The core story of the film is the struggle of a disabled and delinquent teenager's struggle to grapple with his delinquency and criminal activities to satisfy his drug and alcohol dependencies and his mother's desperate attempt to keep him out of prison. After loss of her husband and in a car accident in which her son is maimed, leading to his social isolation and delinquency, she takes support of a lawyer with whom she develops a personal relationship. But that is not enough as the son continues on the downhill trend and a stage comes when he is faced with a term in prison. Now the mother turns to another man to prevent her son from going to prison. The story reveals what happens to the son, the mother, the lawyer and the other man who comes into her life. view less

Nivish posed to create history in Bollywood

Millions of men, women, girls and boys from India, the Indian diaspora and the Bollywood diaspora have a dream to enter the film industry and reach for the cinematic sky. Millions are prepared to make many sacrifices to realise their dreams in the tinsel town. More often than not their dreams are shattered and they return home disappointed and disillusioned. view more

Nivish Chandra is an exception to this phenomenon, being very lucky to have a father who has been deeply involved in Bollywood since before Nivish was born. Ron Chandra is the first person in Australia to stage shows and to tour Bollywood megastars around the world, including Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan and Akshay Kumar, Sadashiv Amrapurkar and many more.

From the time Nivish learnt to stand on his tiny feet he has met these megastars and seen them perform on stage. His tender heart and mind was shaped by these events and megastars, his dream for becoming a Bollywood megastar began to take shape then.

However Nivish did not let his dream distract him from his studies in Sydney. He successfully completed his primary education (2011) and progressed to his secondary education. He aims to complete his secondary in (2017) and enter a respected University and pursue his undergraduate degree.

At the same time Nivish continued his dream and interactions with Bollywood megastars continued at his home in Sydney as well as during many visits abroad. He witnessed and studied many film shoots on various movie sets and in (2016) he undertook an acting course in Mumbai from a popular and reputable acting academy. view less

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CAST

From The Directors Desk

Dr Satish Rai, the writer, director and one of the lead actors in had formal Hindi education seven years only several decades ago in Fiji, his mother tongue being Fiji Baat, and formal language of instruction being English. He migrated to UK in 1980 and hardly spoke any form of Hindi for next 15 years. He re-learned Fiji Hindi when he migrated to Australia in 1995. In 1997 he wrote his first screenplay in 'Bollywood Hindi' and since then has written two more screenplay in Bollywood Hindi; his main language of creative writing since1993 being English.

Nayesh Radia, the third lead actors in was born in the east African national of Malawi. He migrated to UK an very young age with his family after the turbulences that eventuated in east Africa and settled in London. His mother tongue is Gujarati and I am yet to know how and when he learnt to speak Hindi, most probability from the Bollywood films.

Vijay Jogia makes the fourth actor from the girmit diaspora in . He was also born in east African but in Tanzania. Like Nayesh, he migrated to UK with his family at young age and settled first in Leicester and later in Sydney, Australia. His mother tongue is also Gujarati. He is a popular Hindi singer and most probably did not have any formal education in Hindi.

The two actors of Guajarati origin from the girmit diaspora bring to the film their unique brand of acting and dialogue delivery in Bollywood Hindi, adding to the intrigue of this innovative film. The ability for the four male actors, who were born in the girmit diaspora, to speak in Hindi in a Bollywood should send out a clear message to those Indians who are now choosing to speak in English for no other reason than to impress others.

The producer of hopes that the Indians in Indian as well as in the Indian diaspora will support the film not only for its cinematic excellence, but also because this film has been made in India largely by the descendants of their own young men, women and children who were transported from India to work for the Europeans who were also ruling over India in that period of history. is a significant breakthrough for Indian diaspora film production in India and the producer hopes that the success of this film will persuade more filmmakers from the old Indian diaspora to make films in India.