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“Sunrise” – We need your support to make this film on child trafficking in India become a reality

My friend, Arati Misro, is Executive Producer of a film called Sunrise, directed by Partho Sen-Gupta. Arati and Partho are looking for your support to make this film on child trafficking in India become a reality.

Sunrise is a thought provoking and hard-hitting film that addresses the taboo of child abuse in India.

In 2007, the Ministry of Woman and Child Development published the ‘Study on Child Abuse: India 2007’. It reveals that an alarming 53.22% of children in India reported having faced sexual abuse. Nevertheless, the Indian Penal Code does not recognise child abuse as an offence and most offenders (local and foreign) escape with light sentences.

Partho’s aim is to meld social commentary and the thriller genre together in order to extend the film’s reach as, due to the popularity of fiction feature films in India, a fictionalised account will have a greater impact than a documentary.

The film’s intention is to generate discussion of this neglected topic among ordinary Indians and encourage legal action against those who target children for abuse.

Charity screenings will be organised worldwide alongside a general release in order to raise money for organisations fighting child abuse and to raise awareness of the problem.

Sunrise is a Hindi film shot on location in Mumbai India. They are currently crowdfunding on indiegogo.com. Their goal is $35,000, and as of April 13, they have reached $10,250.

How the funds will be used:

The film will be a low budget world cinema film that would première at a major international film festival (Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, Rotterdam, etc.).

Most of the major cast and crew members will work on expenses only or deferments. Additional funds will be raised from private and institutional funders. We will publish a statement of accounts at the end of the production.

The funds collected here will be used to pay for

Pre-production (Preparation) (30 days)

Shooting (20 days of 14 hour shifts/day)

Editing (1 month).

All that you’ll see on the screen will be paid for by you:

Cameras and lenses rental, location rentals, wages for some actors and child actors, electricians, carpenters, lighting crew, painters, stunt-persons, costumes, set props, make-up & hair, day-to-day shooting expenses, transport, editing expenses.

At the end of production we would have a film that can be shown to selectors and other gatekeepers of the professional film industry.

What can you do?

If you want to play a role in the making of this film, every step of the way, from pre-production to the big screen, please pitch in and tell your friends and networks!

Please visit indiegogo.com to donate any amount you can. As a funder of this film, you will have access to a weekly progress report and ‘behind the scenes’ videos via our blog.

Thank you,


UPDATE: Great news – A Paris based film post-production company (seeing our crowdfunding campaign) has made us an offer to participate in the post-production of Sunrise. In other words they would give us access to high end visual effects, colour correction, digital mastering, sound mixing all which would be required to finish the film after the first phase (preproduction, shooting, editing) that we are crowdfunding in this campaign.


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  • Vish Satya April 14, 2011, 12:14 PM

    Hi Arati,
    I got this email from Peter. I know him from the course I took from him – Directing the Actors.
    I am based out of california studied film production here. I can help you with some aspects of film. Pre, prod, or post.
    Let me know if you need any help in that area.
    Thank you,

  • Rohit Chokhani April 14, 2011, 6:26 PM

    Hi Arati!

    I am independent film producer born and raised in Mumbai but currently a resident of Vancouver, Canada. I learned from Peter about your film. I am currently in Mumbai until May 3rd and come here often, almost every year for significant amount of time. I am interested in helping out with your film in whatever way possible. Unfortunately – all my funds are tied up in my own projects but i can help out with anything in production department from pre-production all the way to post and off course i know ins and outs of the city of mumbai and know a lot of people / contacts here if that helps. If you are interested then please email me.


  • mark olalekan judah April 15, 2011, 3:21 AM

    hi arati,my name is mark nigeria base.a continuity man.peter linked me to your about your intending lay down project.which i know already a success marked.man actually am a kind of box up now at stage of pre-prod but surely i must coming before the post production

  • Gerald Nsimbila April 15, 2011, 5:15 PM

    I am interested in helping out with your film in whatever way possible. But I can help out with anything in production department from pre-production all the way to post . If you are interested then please email me.

  • RAHUL GOS April 15, 2011, 9:17 PM

    hi arati,
    i got this e-mail from peter……its an oppurtunity for me 2 work with u guys……being a film-maker student,i can definately help u guys in organising things like lights ,camera,actors(child),make-up,electricians,location..& the last but not the least raising funds(i vll try my best of convensing some of my frnds & relatives to invest their funds in sunrise).looking forward to rock on sunrise
    if interested ….let me know:)

  • Toksy Bello April 16, 2011, 5:17 AM

    Hi Guys (Arati and Partner,

    Yours was received via Peter, and was highly impressed with this your great move in film-making project. How I wish I am so dispensable at this time, but unfortunately, been currently involve in few demanding projects, which equally are very capital intensive. However, I will always be available on professional advisory role, and any form possible as time goes on, so let us keep in touch.

    Well done guys, so proud of you. Please say hi to Peter for me too.


  • anand nagisetty April 16, 2011, 10:15 AM

    jai ho arati, partner & peter,
    Whole heartedly congratulates you& co for chossing a subject that wasn,t yet touched by film industry.I can help you by woking with you voluntering for a period of 2 months without any penyy fees,but if you can provide me hospitality. I can help you in production,Direction, script writing & acting. Finally thanks for peter for promoting the work in a larger way.
    jeeto raho,
    anand nagisetty.

  • humayun April 16, 2011, 8:31 PM

    I know it from Peter…I can help u in production and acting….so let us keep in touch..

  • elisha noronha April 17, 2011, 6:03 PM

    i am elisha noronha a student from india came to know about your film ,if there is any chance of being a part of your crew please do let me know i’ll give in my best shot
    Thanking You
    Yours Sincrely,
    Elisha Noronha

  • Bob April 18, 2011, 5:12 AM

    My son Joe, has a music studio and a 24 frame Pro/1080 studio, he has written and performed many songs. We would be happy to share some of the music.
    Please let us know should you need music scoring.
    Please submit whatever has been shot so far.

  • Ishaq Sidi Ishaq April 18, 2011, 1:57 PM

    This idea is great! I personally have passion for anything to do with children, especially in this regard.
    My name is Ishaq Sidi Ishaq, a pioneer member of the Northern Nigeria filmmaking Industry and currently a student at National Film Institute, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.
    I think I can contribute a great deal from script-screen because similar issues of child abuse exist in my area which makes me think that my contributions would really count.
    I’d be pleased to be part of this project, let me know if I could be of any help.

  • Ram Tripathi May 2, 2011, 1:28 AM

    how can i help you in this cause.

  • Bhupendra Singh September 20, 2011, 6:27 PM

    Hi Arty,
    I got the mail from peter, I am ready to help you, in Screenplay Writing,Editing and Vfx Part. But I can help you from home because i am currently live in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

    Bhupendra Singh Shekhawat