After successfully raising funds from the general public for National Award-winning film I Am, producer duo Sanjay Suri and Onir are again taking the crowd-funding route for their new venture — a love story of a 14-year-old Dalit boy and an upper-caste girl.
"It's great to be acting in and co-producing Chauranga with Onir. The story is about a 14-year-old Dalit boy who falls in love with a 16-year-old upper-caste girl from Jharkhand,” says Suri, adding, “I have an important role in the film.”
The producers have taken the crowd-funding route as they want the audience to be a part of the filmmaking process. A target of Rs 50 lakh from the audience has been set and people can contribute via the film's website. “Apart from raising funds from the general public, we have the support of the National Films Development Corporation of India. We've also received grant from Goteborg International Film Festival, Sweden and are in discussion with international co-producers," says director Bikas Ranjan Mishra.
Inspired by a true event, Chauranga is a story of the violence of class oppression that still exists in rural India.