Founded by RJ Anirudh Chawla, Filmwalas is a club that supports wannabe actors, filmmakers, dancers, voice-over artistes, models, production hands, scriptwriters, music directors and singers. It also teaches them how to make a film on a shoe-string budget and with untrained actors. Putting words into action, the group recently launched India’s first reality film,
B***s Hai Kya
?, on issues that are considered social taboo, including sex.
Director Anirudh Chawla, along with his club members who are also the co-producers of the film, are on the lookout for eight people, between 20 and 50, with differing sexual personalities and who are not afraid of speaking aloud in public.
“We have found only two, so far. We are looking for a bisexual, an AIDS patient, a victim of marital rape, to name a few,” informs Chawla, a full-time radio jockey who plans to shoot the film like a reality show.
The actors will live in a farmhouse for three days and will be engaged in discussions. A week after the release, the audience will choose the winner who takes home the Rs 5 lakh booty, through public voting.
“We want people to open up to issues like virginity, homosexuality and incest. It will be
Sach Ka Saamna
, shot like a documentary with a hand-held camera,” adds Chawla.
Everyone associated with the project has chipped in, Rs 5,000 per person. “The risk is minimal and if it works, we make profits,” points out the enterprising director.
Auditions are being held at various city colleges and efforts are on to rope in NGOs. Facebook and other social networking sites are being tapped for publicity.
T-shirts flaunting one-liners are being bandied around for those who have the b***s to wear them, a la the Aamir Khan designed tees in 3 Idiots. A promotional video too is on the cards.
Chawla is hoping for a multiplex release for his film after it makes the rounds on the festival circuit. “It will be the most controversial film in India,” promises Chawla.