The children at the home take dress rehearsal to another level! When we were youngsters our nativity plays would involve 20 children, dressed in bed sheets to look like the ancient people of Jerusalem. A couple of boxes painted grey to look like boulders, and a child sat with a twig and warned if he sticks it up his nose once more, then he’ll be sent to stand in the corner.
When we walked into the care home today we were greeted with elephants, monkeys, lions, tigers, bears, birds, rabbits, Krishna, trees, and more. It was like a Bollywood movie set filled with amazing colours and sounds of the children practising their noises.
The story the children have chosen is a traditional Hindu tale, about a young boy’s frightening journey to school and his wavering faith in God (Krishna).
It was a brilliant day’s filming, the children are so patient with us. We had them out the back for the jungle scenes for nearly 3 hours in 43 degrees heat, and as we repeated the scenes over and over, not one of the youngsters moaned or got agitated.
They are learning quickly as well, our sound team now know more than us about the recording equipment, the camera crew are taking fantastic pictures, and our little actors and actresses are doing a top job.
Day two of the film workshop and our first day of filming has been awesome.
This evening Griff and I went to an IPL (Indian Premiere League) cricket match which the care home had arranged for us, they are ridiculously generous! It was Rajasthan Royals vs Pune Warriors India, the place was packed tighter than a tin of sardines. We arrived just as the match got started and went through 4 rounds of security checks, during which they took our water and shortbread off us, not sure what damage we could do with a biscuit but never mind.
The game went to down to the last two balls. Rajasthan Royals (the local team) were chasing 179 to win and needed 1 run to win. The bowler launched it down the wicket and the Rajasthan batsman smashed it for 4. The crowd went mental!
We knew Indian people loved cricket but the place erupted, drinks everywhere, chairs flying, hugging and kissing going on all around us, as the two Casper-like Englishmen stood up, clapped politely and said “fair play, good game”.
A top day and a relief to get some of the adventure filmed on camera. We can’t wait to get back there tomorrow to shoot some more scenes. It always such a laugh spending time with the children, which will hopefully come across in the film.
What’s a shoe bite?
It’s what people at the care home call blisters 🙂
“This is a story about discrimination. When I was young I was told this story by my parents and it has stayed with me. It’s why I set up Faith, to support these children who are discriminated against.” — Smriti, founder of the care home for children living with HIV/AIDs.
We’ve spent the last 4 days at the care home and this evening, Smriti very kindly offered to drive us back to the hotel. It was the first time we’d had a chance to have a one-to- one talk about the amazing work she is doing.
When we arrived in India last week we had no idea what to expect. We knew very little about the country and the people who live here, and less about the situation the children were in.
Having been fundraising for Arms Around the Child for the last few years we’re so pleased to see what an utterly brilliant job Smriti and the team here are doing.
The children are so happy and are being provided with a fantastic childhood to achieve whatever they want with their future.
Today we filmed the school scenes of the children’s adventure film. The boys dressed up in trousers and robes in an orange colour that would make an EasyJet employee jealous. As always they followed our dodgy directions perfectly and the story is beginning to come together. We’re back on Wednesday, which will be full on as it’s our last whole day.
Tomorrow we are going on Safari, which has been organised by Smriti (they are treating us amazingly, we feel totally indebted to them), which is a 3-hour drive away. Tigers, elephants and monkeys are just a few of the animals we’ve been told to expect. We’re hoping to use the footage to add to the film!
All in all, it’s been another top day. “Working” with these children, Smriti, the employees and the volunteers has been such an incredible experience
Tigers tomorrow, the children’s home on Wednesday, Delhi on Thursday and home on Friday. Time is flying by quicker than a tuc-tuc in rush hour.
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