How do you remember your Bachpan or childhood? Stories of vacation visits to Grandma’s place. The favorite doll you adored. The friends you had and the outdoor games you played. The sibling fights. The favorite food cooked by your mother. Pleasant memories, right? And yet, everyone is not so fortunate to smile when they think of their childhood. A Pune based team came up with this short film Bachpan – A child’s right which portrays the harsh truth of lost childhood.
Take a look at the video – Bachpan – A child’s right, The Short Film
Heart numbing, isn’t it?
The poet in the background narrates ‘Kagaaz ki kashtiyon se samundar ki sair lagana’, while the screen burns with the visual of kids filling drinking water. The paradox just hits you hard! It touches that cord inside us which we have left untouched for long. The entire concept of the video and execution is done brilliantly and cuts deeper in our soul as we look at those innocent kids.
The Driving Force Behind Bachpan – A child’s right
Bachpan was created by a group of like minded people, who wanted ‘to act’ rather than just talk. The team comprises of Mandar Rasane (works at MCC, a research lab in Pune), Girish Vajjhala (Works at Ericsson, Pune), Ankur Velankar (Works at L&T infotech, Pune) and Shreyas Kumbhare (PhD student at NCCS, a research institute in Pune).
The whole idea of Bachpan – A Child’s Right was to create awareness about those kids on streets who have lost their childhood. Many of us see that kid selling balloons on the road and yet we ignore that kid as well as the reality. Bachpan – A Child’s Right, wants to make us realize that while we bask in our comfortable lives, shouldn’t we do something for those kids? We are happy in our own sweet world. The short film wants to change this attitude. The team says, “Our effort is a step ahead to bring the plight of these unfortunate kids to masses and make everyone aware of the situation. We want to encourage everyone to do their bit. In short, we want to re-discover the humanity in humans“.
You can Make a Difference
The stark difference between the poetry and the images seen on the screen is what makes this short film so agonizing. The team Bachpan – A child’s right urges you to take a step ahead, “We would really appreciate if people after watching this video would realize that the childhood fun (Bachpan) that we experienced is missing in the lives of these ‘forgotten children of the cities’. Please take a step ahead to help them in any possible way and enable them to fly!”
You might say that this is an entire racket and those kids are part of a begging scheme. But don’t you think, they are missing out on life’s most carefree phase without any fault of theirs? So stop judging them and try to create a sustainable life for these kids.
So what are you waiting for? Do something worthwhile today. Don’t you think that these kids holding balloons, begging bowl, selling pen and counting coins should have toys, books or food in hand and engage themselves in reading and writing instead?
Please comment below if you did something today to bring a smile. Share your story with us and inspire others!
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