Hyderabad-based Mayur Dharod had opened the café Oranges N Lemons in Jubilee Hills, a number of years in the past, a lot earlier than he started nurturing one other ardour of his, cinema. Two years in the past, he based the manufacturing home Gabru Photos in collaboration along with his pal and director Vikram Aggarwal. The corporate’s work-flow included company and advert movies.
Mayur and Vikram had been additionally looking out for potential tales for brief movies. A mutual pal mentioned the problem of sand mining in components of Maharashtra, which in flip depletes groundwater assets for farmers.
The thought was pitched to them in October 2018 and some months of analysis later, a 100-plus crew reached Paithan, Maharashtra to shoot the movie Valu (Sand in Marathi). Throughout the location recce and whereas taking pictures, the crew interacted with folks residing within the area who had been greater than keen to share their ordeals within the hope that somebody would inform the world about points that concern them. “They are aware of the power of social media and cinema, and were glad to share their stories,” remembers Mayur.
The 12-minute quick movie is a fictional story mirroring the water disaster within the area. It narrates the story of a farmer who units out to show the ruthless sand mafia that’s destroying the river. When he discovers that his bore-well has dried up, the farmer approaches the district collector for assist however his criticism falls on deaf ears. What occurs when he decides to take issues in his personal fingers types the remainder of the story.
Starring Sharad Jadhav, Maithili Thakare, Milind Jadhav, Dinesh Shetty and Vikram Sonawane, the movie is written by Ravi Muppa and directed by Vikram Aggarwal.
Recalling the filming course of, Mayur shares that it was tough to shoot within the neighborhood of sand mining and there have been conditions when somebody would spot them and ask them to go away the spot. “We could shoot only with the help of the local people who were extremely supportive, they always helped us with alternatives to a situation,” he says.
Valu will probably be screened on the 26th Austin Movie Pageant on October 25 and October 30. The makers intend to submit the quick movie to some different worldwide movie festivals earlier than making it obtainable via digital streaming platforms.