Hemant Gaba is a content man today. After struggling for two years to make his first independent project, this Delhi-based filmmaker’s dream is all set to come true. The film will finally hit the marquee next Friday. According to him, the reason why it took two-long years to complete the film is the fact that independent filmmakers today do not have access to ready funds.
The 32-year-old Gaba tells us, “I was in Mumbai back in 2010 and it was the darkest phase of my life. Paying my rent and surviving in the city with no income was a struggle.” However, word of mouth and help from family and friends, not to mention freelance jobs, brought in the sufficient finance to ultimately set the ball rolling.
In his own words, he and his team have survived. Though it seems like a fruitful ride, Hemant claims that his kind of cinema doesn’t provide money unless the person is established enough. From being utterly broke at one point of a time and being “foolish enough to pursue this dreams” of making an independent film, he is looking forward to the audience’s feedback.
Shot with non-actors on more than 18 locations within a span of 22 days, Shuttlecock Boys follows four Delhi lads who want to be entrepreneurs instead of employees with 9-to-5 jobs.
The filmmaker says, “Our own story is quite synonymous to these characters’ journey in the film. None of them want to stick to the middle-class script of security and are willing to take entrepreneurial risks. And now when I look back at what our team went through in the past two years, I can’t help laughing at all the things we did to make this project happen.”