Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2009 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
The film is a story of a unique woman called Rupban and her community of “Other Muslims.” But her religious identity is secondary as she is a great exponent of Indian Scroll Painting, an age-old heritage, which combines the oral and visual storytelling tradition (the ancient cinema!). The narrative follows the journey of a creative woman who has faced many obstacles in her life but always turned to the art itself for answers. It celebrates the undaunted spirit of Rupban, who has broken the prototype of veil clad Muslim woman and emerged from the local to the global.
Twelve years back when I was filming [The Dream of Hanif], a documentary on the lives of the Scroll Painters living in a remote village called Naya, the community was going through a transition. They had lost the rural patronage. No one knew for sure whether they would be able to keep the tradition alive. But mainly the women folks took the challenge of time and redefined their position as social commentators in the global world. For more than a decade I observed, experienced and became a part of this journey and felt a spontaneous urge for narrating yet another tale of Naya. I decided to portray the life of Rupban (the beautiful), the most dynamic and accomplished of the contemporary painters who symbolize the “New Improved” Naya, holding many promises and possibilities.