Hotel Raahgir | 41m | Multilingual | 2020
Credits: Sharvaree Deshpande
It appears to a be a normal day in a canteen near a railway station. A cultural event has been taking place in the town, and the canteen is populated with the participants. On different tables between arguments, introductions , meetings and partings, we get to meet many different people. Every person affected in various ways by the world, and in their turn, affecting the world around them. They seem to be living their everyday, natural life. And then, they discover that it’s not such a normal day after all…
The films are made along with the residents of different working class settlements living in Madhya Pradesh. All of the cast and much of the crew are from the settlements. Taking off for a month or two, other technical and non technical people come from across the country to become a part of film. The Collective consists primarily of women, though not exclusively.
The process of making the films is a collaborative and evolving one where ideas about the script, dialogues, shoot, sound, edit and music are shared before they were finalized and eventually executed. The films thus are a product of collective effort where each person involved has contributed her/his own unique vision, skill and perspective to it, guiding and often maneuvering it to reach its logical conclusion. Since the vision is a collective one, the directorial acknowledgements are also shared and taken as Ektara Collective.
All the collaborators, irrespective of their background worked on a voluntary basis without any monetary remuneration. The financial requirements for the entire production were met by raising money through individual contributions. The single driving force behind making these films is to unite with people across diverse backgrounds and make cinema.
Note on Direction
The films made are a product of a collective effort where each person involved contributes her/his own unique vision, skill and perspective to it, guiding and often maneuvering it to reach its logical completion. Since the vision is a collective one, the directorial acknowledgements are also shared and taken as Ektara.