BOLLYWOOD BECKONS INDIES
My friend Bergen Swanson emailed about a film he recently produced in India with Plum Pictures — Rajapur, directed by New York-based Nanda Anand. Here’s more about the film on IFC Insider, including comments from fellow producer Celine Rattray as well as On the Road Production’s Dileep Singh Rathore. On the Road is an India-based service company specializing in bringing foreigners to shoot in India.
Writes Andrea Meyer in the article:
“Celine Rattray of Plum Pictures (Lonesome Jim), one of the producers of Rajapur, an indie that recently wrapped in Jaisalmer, a town in the Rajasthan Desert, says of the film, ‘The production value of this movie is the equivalent of a $20 million movie shot in the States.’ Some ways in which the filmmakers got more bang for their buck included being able to shoot 29 days (as opposed to the 20 days shot on a recent Plum project with a similar budget back home), low crew salaries and housing costs, two cameras and a crane available for the entire shoot (a rarity for a U.S. indie film), 350 extras. ‘We had intense stunt sequences with wind machines blowing sand and a large stunt team. We [were] surrounded by sand dunes, camels, gypsies dressed in amazing colors. In every way it felt like a large movie,’ Rattray says.”