IN THIS FILM, OUR LENS IS ALMOST ANTHROPOLOGICAL’

VS: Our film is a documentary set in contemporary politics and investors did not find that an interesting proposition. Those who were interested in investing wanted to know if we are supporting AAP or are against it, and we did not want to take money from people who had these concerns because it would compromise our position. So we went for crowd-funding. We are looking to raise a minimum of Rs 12 lakh
through our campaign website, www.prop4rev.com.

KR: Documentaries have traditionally found it difficult to reach out to bigger audiences. But the crowd-funding campaign has received unprecedented support. We raised 50 per cent of our goal in less than 10 days! The campaign has already demonstrated that there are people out there who would like to watch documentaries like ours. We wanted to use crowd-funding to raise money, but also wanted it to be a community-owned film. This would ensure that the film releases, and is seen widely, where the contributors become ambassadors and owners of the film in an organic way. 

How do you look at filming politics?

VS: Well, in terms of shooting logistics, permissions were fairly easy to obtain. We approached the party and they welcomed the idea. What was difficult for us was to physically keep up with them. Initially, there was just Khushboo and me and then our friend, Vinay Rohira, joined us. The three of us basically ran all over Delhi, with our equipment on our shoulders, and covered everything possible. AAP burst onto the scene and expanded in every direction. There were so many things happening at the same time and the party kept growing and adapting. We had to constantly reimagine the film and readjust ourselves so as to keep up with all the surprises that AAP threw up.

It takes time for people to get used to being filmed continuously. Most people could not quite figure why we were shooting continuously because they felt that their work was rather mundane and not worthy of so much attention. 

What are your expectations from the documentary?

KR: The main idea that drove us was to get closer to the politics. Imagine national leaders on the big screen, and our reactions to their mistakes, vulnerabilities and even frivolities.

We hope that the film is seen widely and discussed extensively. We have been able to turn our cameras to some very unusual and interesting situations and conversations. We hope that the audiences will be surprised and engaged. 

This story is from the print issue of Hardnews: MAY 2014