“On a visit to Harappa in June, I had a chance meeting with a group of ‘Pakhiwasis’.I struck a special chord with young Riffat, who was about to get married, and her elder sister Shazia who sang lovely songs. I took their pictures and video clips which were appreciated by friends in India.”
Shooting a scene from gypsy life at Kamalia in Pakistan HT
“They are the poorest of the poor living a very hard life. The children are without education and the men folk is addicted to narcotics. Yet their zest for life is remarkable and this is aptly visible in their cheerful persona and celebratory songs. Theirs is a world within our world that needs to be probed,” adds Danyal.
“I had around Rs.50,000 kept aside for a rent deposit that I pumped into the project. However, we needed more money wfor renting a car, buying fuel, memory cards, batteries and many other things. I sent out messages and contributions started pouring in. So far we have collected nearly $1,900. A sack of rice and a pair of silver ear-rings have also been gifted to us.”
Filmmaker Shumita HT