Actor-director Rajat Kapoor contradicts the cliches of fame without saying a word.The three time National Award winner’s body of work speaks for him and also for his need to create content that does not necessarily conform to commercial stipulations. It is easy to see why in a star-driven business, it would be tough for an independent film maker to find funding easily for his projects and so Kapoor has turned to crowdfunding and his Mithya Talkies has partnered Crowdera, a US-based crowd funding platform, to raise Rs 2.5 crore for his upcoming film, RK/R Kay.
Contributors can click on this link https://gocrowdera.com/IN/individual/rkrk/rajat-2874 and make donations starting from Rs 500 upto Rs 10 lakh. In fact Crowdera will help Mithya Talkies raise $2 million in the next three years for three films.
Rajat’s message to potential contributors is..
Some of you who are friends, some who will be friends some day;
Some of you that I have had the pleasure of collaborating, and others whose work and lives I have admired;
You film buffs, lovers of cinema and casual but enlightened film goer..
So many of you who have commented earlier about Ankhon Dekhi or Mithya and wondered why we don’t make more films like these.
I ask you for your support.
I have been trying to raise money through conventional sources for the last three years, and that has not worked.
But that does not mean that I won’t make a film.
I will, only the funds will not be raised through conventional means.
I know, many of you have wanted to be a part of this independent cinema movement, or wondered what you could do to help but did not know how.
Well, this is one way.
Whatever you think this deserves – whatever you feel you could part with. A thousand rupees, ten thousand, twenty thousand – every paisa will be helpful.
And every paisa that comes in, will go into the film.
And if you don’t have money, that is fine too – tell others. That would help.
And if not that, then just send us your good wishes- and a big hug.
Because that would go a long way in making this real too..
Send us your love – and RK/R Kay will see the light of the day.”
It is sometimes hard to see the toil that goes behind a cinematic work and to figure that someone who creates vulnerable, identifiable heroes battling an invisible fog on screen is in fact one of them. In fact the story of RK/R Kay could have been cut from the cloth of his life.
As the synopsis goes, “In the story, RK is a filmmaker and making his new film. The film is not quite shaping up as he had imagined – he is anxious and disturbed. And now, the protagonist of his film runs away; He is no more in the film, he has disappeared. Finally he lands up in real life. RK finds him – and now they must send him back into the film so that the film can be completed.”
What does this film mean to you?
But you can never be sure. You find out only after it is done.. whether it meant some thing to others or not.
But that is a risk that you have to take every time as an artiste..
Having said that,RK/R Kay is an idea that tickles me a lot. It is once again about identity, for sure ( a theme that has run through Raghu Romeo, Mithya, Fatso and to an extent Ankhon Dekhi- but more prominent in the other three).
Beyond that, it is about authorship itself. Who has eventually made this film, and of course about free will and destiny.
Let’s see how these ideas find an expression in the film..