Remember Chuskit, the little 9 year old girl from Ladakh who finally went to school despite all odds? Chuskit is back and this time her story will unfold on the big screen. The endearing story of this little girl is going to make watching it come alive on screen worthwhile. While the book was well received, it also saw some extremely talented people churn out their own versions of the story plainly on illustrations. The Retell, Remix and Rejoice with Chuskit Contest held through April and May 2010 saw some exciting and enthralling stories from the participants. The best part about this contest was that it was also open to the print impaired people, thanks to the efforts taken by Inclusive Planet. While Vibha Batra and Aakash Pandey were the winners, the response shown and the efforts taken by all the participants were highly commendable.
The journey of Chuskit from print to larger medium is really worth applauding and a matter of joy for Pratham Books. Documentary filmmaker Priya Ramasubban, after spending a decade of making documentaries is now moving a step ahead and venturing into filmmaking with Chuskit as her first project. Inspired by the story and her sister Vidhya’s extensive work in Ladakh, Priya couldn’t think of a better story for her first endeavour. In an interview with Citizen Matters she spoke her heart out about her experiences, her views about the book and also the challenges to be faced while handling a project like this. Another important thing about this feature film is that fact that Priya hopes to crowd fund this venture of hers.
To help Chuskit come alive on the big screen you can contribute here.
Chuskit goes to School can be ordered here.
Read the full article over at the Citizen Matters Bangalore blog
It was a successful fundraising campaign and the money was raised with seven hours to spare!