boot polish (1954) – from beggar to boot polish-wala

It’s only when I had the DVD running that I remembered it was November 14, Children’s Day in India, Chacha Nehru’s birthday. In fact, the film ‘Boot Polish‘ (1954) belongs firmly in the Nehruvian era, when the country still believed in Socialism and Jawaharlal Nehru initiated his 5 year plans, amongst which was also the commitment to make education free and compulsory for all children. … Continue reading boot polish (1954) – from beggar to boot polish-wala

lilkee sees the sea for the first time – a song

This song was picturized at Korlai beach near Alibaug. We went there in search of a lighthouse, and found a fort too. The children were pushed beyond limits, we shot the song in 1 day. It was hot, lots of climbing up and down, rocks, fort, lighthouse, hill. The grass was itchy, Dhanno got a broken lollipop and she sulked, the gentle Saloni flung a … Continue reading lilkee sees the sea for the first time – a song