The National Award winning filmmaker’s upcoming documentary was announced on the occasion of World Homeless Day.
Filmmaker Kireet Khurana has set off on a creative crusade for a good cause - to highlight the plight of homeless and destitute people in India. On the occasion of World Homeless Day on October 10, he has announced that he will be helming a new social documentary titled The Invisible Visible.
This WORLD HOMELESS DAY, a new beginning to 'visibilise' the 'invisibles' on the streets has been made. Let's support them and ensure that beggary and poverty is decriminalised.#theinvisiblevisible #nation4homeless #decriminalisebeggary #worldhomelessday pic.twitter.com/ApwFaR9ED0— Climb Media (@climbmedia) October 10, 2021
According to reports on IANS, the upcoming documentary film will be 81 minutes long. It is being filmed in locations such as Mumbai, Delhi, Patna, Dehradun, Kanpur and villages in Maharashtra and Bihar.
Regarding the documentary, the filmmaker had revealed that he wanted to highlight the struggles and exploitations faced by the country’s homeless population, which is almost 70 million in number. Kireet draws attention to The Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959, which criminalises begging, resulting in the imprisonment of several of India’s poor. He calls the law ‘draconian’ for targeting the most vulnerable in the country.
The filmmaker also added that even in cases where the government offers them a haven, like shelters, they still are not free from exploitation. He mentions the Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Rape case as an example, where minor girls were abused and killed.
The documentary will also revolve around the non-profit foundation Koshish, which helps and advocates for homeless people in the country.
The Invisible Visible will be produced by Tehzeeb Khurana of Climb Media and will be released in 2022.
Kireet is best known for helming the 2010 action-comedy Toonpur Ka Superrhero, starring Ajay Devgn and Kajol. He has also helmed short films and documentaries as well. He is also the recipient of six National Awards, winning his first in 1995 for Mahagiri.