The 2011 Cricket World Cup: A Documentary
A documentary about the personal stories of Indian cricket fans shot in India during the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
-- In a small village near Mohali, Punjab, in Northern India, fifty villagers sit on their haunches watching - on a single small TV - the Indian cricket team playing a match against the Australians. Old men, boys, and women cry out in despair or joy at every ball of the match. They might be illiterate and poor but they are keen followers of the nuances of this complex sport.
-- A fifteen year old boy from a large middle-class family in Mumbai trains at Shivaji Park, the birthplace of many of India's great cricketers, to be a first-class batsman. His parents have poured their life's savings into the boy's dream of playing one day for the Indian team. Meanwhile, they worry about his studies and his future in case he fails to make it to the highest level - after all in a country of over 1 billion avid cricket fans, the national team only fields 11 players at a time.
-- An upper-class English speaking Indian with an MBA from Harvard watches the game from his private box at the New Delhi stadium. His associates and friends enjoy French wine and caviar while his eyes never leave the game. He worries about how his hedge fund is doing and whether stocks will suffer if India makes an early exit from the World Cup.
These are just three of the many stories that we will be following in our documentary set in India in the Spring of 2011 when the WORLD CUP OF CRICKET - a quadrennial event with 14 competing countries and over a billion fans worldwide - takes place.
The last time India hosted the World Cup of Cricket was 16 years ago but a lot has changed in the country since then. The past decade and a half have seen India emerge as a fast-growing global economic presence, an image that is increasingly touted by its elites. Also, cricket has changed from being a colonial sport played by English gentlemen to a sport that now fully belongs to the Indian masses. India is now the commercial center of cricket worldwide and the national team, much better today than in past decades is widely considered a favorite. But the last time India won the World Cup was in 1983 and Indian fans are hungry for World Cup glory.
WE PLAN to have 3 units shooting in 3 different parts of the country: Mumbai, one of the world's largest cities, a smaller town in Eastern or Southern India, and a village in the state of Punjab in the North. Our goal is to showcase the stories of Indian fans, separated by language, class, caste, religion, and gender, who otherwise have little in common except for their love of the Indian cricket team. We plan to follow these fans around as they work, face their everyday struggles - which in some cases are overwhelming - and obsess over India's progress in the World Cup.
We will shoot crowds at stadiums during matches, in their homes, at street-side tea-stalls and barber shops. We will interview former and current Indian cricketers, experts on the sport, and professors of sociology and history to try to get an understanding of how cricket has impacted everything in India from national identity, aspirations, and performance in other events such as the Olympics. But the main focus will be the personal stories of fans themselves.
THE MONEY we need is for basic essential production costs such as camera rentals, HD video memory card rentals, flights to India, travel and lodging in India, salaries for local crew, and everything that will go into a 2.5 month long ambitious shoot spread out over a large country. We NEED these funds to get the project going and will continue to raise money from other avenues such as grants and investors.
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