Chai – A short film by Gitanjali Rao
Directed by Gitanjali Rao, Chai is a sequence of montages that portrays the story of chai makers. It is a part of a project launched on YouTube wherein five short films have been co-produced by Anurag Kashyap’s banner AKFPL and Viacom18 Motion Pictures. The venture is in association with the Ministry of External Affairs’ “India Is” campaign, launched in 2011 to showcase various facets of the country. The five shorts revolve around the common theme “India is a Visual Journey.”
From a ten year old boy selling tea at the Gateway Of India in Mumbai to an 18 year old girl with her tea shop in a mid level town, a 19 year old Kashmiri lad in a Barrista and an 80 year old man’s tea shop at a busy Kerala bus stand. The film is a view of rapid change that India is going through and what it means to those people whose faces we never notice as we go along sipping our cup of tea everyday.
Through a series of sensuous shots that celebrate the process of making tea and everything that goes into it, and a series of painted graphics that recreate their thoughts, we get four different points of view of life. That of an innocent 10 year old who has escaped a violent life in his village, a spirited girl who has shunned child marriage, a slightly bitter yet adventurous Kashmiri boy who has escaped a false charge of stone pelting and an old wise though cynical Malayali who is skeptical of rapid change.
Source: Viacom18 Motion Pictures