On Different Road
A documentary and a book
Hi, This is Sweetan (Vayu), a journalist and this is my project to use my journalism skills to good use/test. Obsessed with writing and trying to be a first time film-maker, On Different Road is where I'm trying to shoot/record a documentary and also write a book. I believe the problem with the modern news industry is the lack of unbiased reporting. Everybody is after the TRP, the Page Views or simply the Views and this goes on for sensitive issues too. Nobody's bothered to actually raise the voice, nobody's actually ready to stand-up and choose a different path and those who do are never supported.
This project, "on different road" is all about leaving the routine behind and working on the stuff they like to do; TRAVEL, WRITE, PHOTOGRAPH,RECORD, MEET PEOPLE & MAKE CONNECTIONS. We mark the map and decide to travel more than 15000kms(close to 10,000 miles) covering 40 plus cities across India to make a documentary and write a book on the true common Indian and his/her general perceptions and mentality towards India and being an Indian. The documentary and a full fledged book with the common Indian at the heart of the discussion, revolves around Indian in general, the everyday important topics from women harassment and abuse, rape victims and survivors, child abuse and child labour, law, unemployment, poverty, the effects of our film industry and much-much more. On the way we’ll also meet LGBT communities, and male rape victims, Gay rape victims & survivors and talk about their stories, their pain, courage and struggle.
It’s not the common junk we watch and read on our televisions and newspapers every day. Like I said, the documentary and the book titled “on different road” features real stories, real interviews, real raw travel and some fun. We need your support and your help to share these inspiring stories, your love to make it happen.
Why are we doing this?
It’s always easy to sit on the other side and analyse and criticise the problems others are facing, but it’s a different story altogether when you are the one to face them. It is always easy to discuss about women safety, child education, equality, human rights, freedom, laws and various such issues while sitting in conference rooms and meetings, but the ground reality never changes. The project is all about CHANGE, change of heart, change of mentalities, change of perspectives and changes that are necessary. Nobody cares about all this until and unless these social issues and social evils happen to someone dear. The common eve-teasing, street harassment is an everyday affair for people I know, but it's this attitude that needs to change. Why should we only raise our voices when something happens to soeone close to us? Moreover, people who go through all this want to share things, share their stories, share their pain and it's this motive that the project is so close to us and we hope by the end of it, everybody has a change of mindset. We hope you think on the same path and consider offering your support.
The whole documentary will only be shot using our HD smartphones and the funds we are trying to raise will only be used to complete the travel and meet such victims and survivors, meet NGOs and true everyday heroes. The funds will be used to just get the thing rolling (research, travel, additional accessories, editing, any legal fees, registration). The same goes for the book. Not a single penny will be wasted. We can't do this without support and all that we have is YOUR support.
Join us or connect with us at http://www.theunjunk.com we have been working together for the past few years although the site is relatively new, you can check some of our travel and writing there (new updates as we go along). There are some worthy gratitude rewards for your help and support! Please help us do this! Spread the word and share our story with your friends and family.