Little known historical facts about Ahmedabad – like the first meeting between Mughal Emperor Jahangir and Sir Thomas Roe, an ambassador of King James of England was held at Kankaria in Ahmedabad in 1618, which led to the emperor issuing a trade permit to East India Company — will now be documented in a film, Kadak Badshahi, which is being made by danseuse Mallika Sarabhai who is using a three-tier model for funding the project.
“If you and me can go and see a film like New York I love You, there is no reason why a film which is on the culture and history of Ahmedabad cannot make for interesting viewing… We need to raise Rs 2.5 crore to make the film and another Rs 75 lakh to market it..,” said Mallika while hard selling her initiative to a group of young businessmen who had assembled under the banner of youth wing of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) at Darpana Academy on Thursday night.
The film will be named Kadak Badshahi, and like the title, the film will also be inspired from her own play that showcased the culture and history of Ahmedabad and was made to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the city.
“There are a number of facts that most people do not know about Ahmedabad. For instance, Sultan Ahmed Shah was a justice-loving ruler and he hanged his own son-in-law in public at Bhadra court for killing someone in a fit of rage. Secondly, the architecture of Agra is inspired by the Rani Sipri mosque in Ahmedabad and the first meeting between Mughal Emperor Jahangir and Sir Thomas Roe happened here in the city, after which the trade treaty was signed with the East India Company,” Mallika said.
“We have a three-tier funding model. Anyone who wants to donate for the film can do so directly to Darpana Academy which is a non-profit organisation. Second, we created a special purpose vehicle named Mayama, primarily to produce the film. Whatever profits are generated, will go towards Darpana. In Mayama we are going to host the corporates where they can place money with us for a year as an interest-free loan. Third, we have a crowdfunding initiative for all those denizens who want to contribute their bit,” she told the audience adding that some of the biggest businessmen like Sanjay Lalbhai and Pankaj Patel were already “on-board” for the film.
She also showed a song which has been shot to promote the film. “In order to pitch the film, we decided to shoot a song which will become the anthem of the city. It has 603 dancers, one for every year of our existence.” the danseuse said. The film is expected to be ready by August 2016.