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Sprint queen, PT USHA, turns actor with her new documentary film. By: Sujata Chakrabarti (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with the help of Mumbai-based documentary filmmakers, Rahul Chittella and Vishal Gupta from MAM Movies, an organisation that makes social films using the media as a tool for social change, PT Usha will be seen in a 10 minute documentary in which she and her 16 students will speak openly about their plans of making it big in the forthcoming Olympic Games to be held in London.
Rahul, who interacted with Usha for a week at her academy in Kinaloor in Kerala says, “Usha might have hung up her racing shoes in 2002. But since then, she is exploring other avenues to take her cause forward.” Talking about the paucity of funds that has hit her hard, Rahul adds, “Through this film, Usha wants to reach out to corporates and private donors for contribution to her cause.”
Speaking about her acting prowess, Rahul says he was quite amazed by her performance in the movie., especially by her ability to deliever her dialogues in one single take.
About her experiences of filming the video Usha says, “It was for a cause closest to my heart. Today there is no reason why India should not be winning more medals at international events.”
The short film is all ready for its official launch in mid-February, when Usha herself will be touring with her film. While MAM Movies will be using their official contacts to approach corporate companies for funds, the filmmakers will also be approaching television channels and distributing the film on the internet. According to Usha, many NRIs who recently attended the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas at Chennai have already pledged their support to the cause.
Apart from developing the business model for the documentary film, IIM Kozhikode is also collaborating with Usha to screen the movie for every corporate company that comes for placements to the premier management institute this year.