The documentary series sheds light on the lives of child artists in Hindi films and TV shows.
Prime Video's original documentary series, First Act, delves into the lives of parents and their children working in the Hindi film and television industry. The engrossing documentary series dives headfirst into the world of young artists and the challenges they face as they try to live up to their family's expectations while also pursuing their own ambitions. Deepa Bhatia of MalaKan Motion Pictures writes, produces, and directs the series, with Amole Gupte serving as the creative producer. It stresses the importance of providing children with a stable and balanced childhood and the vital role that parents and businesses play in ensuring their safety. On December 15, the documentary series will have its Hindi premiere with English subtitles.
Narratives of former child actors
Sarika, Jugal Hansraj, Parzaan Dastur, and Darsheel Safary are just a few of the former child performers who have gone on to become successful actors; their stories are honest and genuine in this series. Moreover, it includes commentary from esteemed filmmakers like Shoojit Sircar and Amole Gupte, as well as casting directors like Mukesh Chhabra, Honey Trehan, and Tess Joseph, offering a holistic perspective on the complexities of collaborating with child artists in the business.
Aparna Purohit, head of Prime Video's Originals in India and Southeast Asia, remarked in a statement that with titles like Rainbow Rishta, Cinema Marte Dum Tak, and Dancing on the Grave, Prime Video has produced a number of powerful documentary series that have struck a chord with viewers. With great pleasure, they offer First Act, a documentary that delves into the realities faced by young artists in India and the obstacles they face on a daily basis.
Parents and industry responsibilities
The compelling documentary series delves into the intricate dynamics between the parents and the film and television industry in their responsibilities as guardians of these young actors. The topic matter was immediately apparent to them upon hearing the story's pitch, so they were excited to learn more. They firmly believe in the significance of presenting such storylines, and this is the first attempt at a story concerning child actors in India's entertainment business. They are quite excited to work together on this project with MalaKanMotion Pictures, as it is their first time collaborating, and they have a shared vision.
Director Deepa Bhatia said of India's film and television business that putting this project on hold had been my intention for a while. Many beautiful stories would not be as impactful without child actors. But she felt it was important to bring attention to the fact that these artists deal with their own special set of problems. In addition to the regulars, Deepa is ecstatic that professionals whose careers began when they were children have stepped forward to support this endeavour.
She thinks this documentary will help parents, teachers, and filmmakers understand the struggles child actors have so that they may do what they can to help. The filmmaker can't wait for this documentary series to reach Prime Video viewers all across the world and see the change it will bring about.