Little Screen Eat Big Screen
Believe it or not we are the pioneers who introduced the concept of no-budget filmmaking to Kolkata, West Bengal; as well as to India. Before the release of our films in January 2010 there were no proclaimed no-budget films to opt for a direct to DVD release. Not only in case of no-budget productions but we are probably the first filmmakers in our country to go for a direct to DVD release too.
The film sphere here is suffering from a stalemate condition. Bollywood, the almost almighty kind of an industry conquering and incorporating all the possible forms of popular culture. They produce films for poor people in the slums, they produce films for the intellectual middle class and non-intellectual middle class both and they even produce a large number of films aimed at the rich non-residential Indian people. Entertainment, so to speak, has numbed the whole nation and driven it into a cultural comma. The regional and sub regional industries too are going on imitating the Big Fishes of Bollywood while the Big Fish is still trying to imitate hollywoodly glossy outlook in order to capture the audience worldwide. They have money, they need more money and in the process of achieving their goals they are blinding the whole nation while clearly a civil war is going on in India. The government has declared war against its people in the name of fighting the Maoists politically. Moreover the government has made it clear that anyone who supports Maoists, their propaganda, their political line, keep contact with them or speak for them (read against the government policies or the state sponsored violence) publicly will be put behind the bar under the new act UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act).
These conditions are suffocating for a truthful artist. We need our voices to be heard. The so called parallel filmmakers are opting for film festivals to earn critical acclamation and money keeping their films intolerably insignificant regarding politics and creativity. So, we've opted for the no-budget in order to get heard and in order to avoid bankruptcy. Whatever may happen, we want the democratic atmosphere restored in our country. People don't pay taxes for a civil war.