When Bollywood director Omung Kumar approached Puneet Vashishtha to direct the film, he had a goal in mind. The film was to be about the lives of women in their homes.
"The whole film will be shot in a house," says Vashishtha, a Mumbai-based cinematographer and producer. "For 'Hawaa Ke Rakhna' (a short film), we have shot in the actual house."
Hawaa Ke Rakhna is a nine-minute drama that will also be made into a feature-length film. Vashishtha, however, decided against casting any actors, preferring to show the real lives of women and their struggles.
"We do not want a set. We do not want anything," he says. "We want the viewers to feel the emotions of the women."
So, in addition to the camera, Vashishtha also took in a camera assistant, stylist, lighting technicians and a female assistant.
The video that's coming up on the Internet is not a typical Bollywood romantic song. It is a dialog-heavy monologue done in real-time, as a woman's life -- her chores, frustrations, emotions -- takes place in front of the camera, with no cuts, edits or narration.
When I meet Vashishtha on my way out of the door, he has already started preparing for the next scene. An aged but sharp-witted housewife makes her way to the garden and is seen wandering in the garden, talking to herself. In the first shot, she is seen taking a ritualistic bath, then cleaning herself and getting dressed. As the story unfolds, it is clear that she is talking to herself about the events in her life and the different emotions she is going through.
"In the beginning, she is standing on the threshold of the house. She says that she has taken her last bath at the age of 22. Now, she is just a tired woman in her old age," he says.
Then, the story unfolds as the woman talks about her family and her struggles, and about the emotions of being a woman, living in a house, caring for her children, going through an arranged marriage, living in rented accommodation, facing the vagaries of nature, facing the decision to vacate the house and the changes that come with it.
"All these things are associated with being a woman," says Vash 0b46394aab