Tuesday, February 19

Director Shekhar Kapur makes short animation film on water crisis


Shekhar Kapur’s Paani might not have seen the light of the day, but that hasn’t dissuaded him from making a film on the water crisis.

The filmmaker has joined forces with WaterAid to create a short animation ‘Brides of the Well’, adapted from a story written by Kapur himself highlighting the water scarcity issues and how it impacts on women and girls globally, read a statement.

“Water is one of the world’s most precious resources. But for those who live with water on tap, it can be difficult to imagine how life would be if the water wasn’t so accessible,” Kapur said.

“That is why I wanted to tell the story of Paras and Saraswati and show how people across the world live every day without water, dictating their futures, dreams, and prospects. It is a great injustice that 1 in 9 people still live without access to clean water around the world,” Kapur further stated.

V.K. Madhavan, Chief Executive at WaterAid India, said, “The burden of fetching water is predominantly borne by women and girls, preventing them from reaching their full potential. This affects their education, health and livelihood opportunities. This must change.”

WaterAid worked with visual storytelling agency Nucco Brain to bring the story to life, with creative input from Kapur and music composed by Yao Wang.

Kapur’s ambitious project Paani had to go on floors in mid-2013 with Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead role. But nothing has been announced on that front.

(With inputs from IANS)