Google has partnered with filmmakers Ridley Scott (“The Martian), Anurag Kashyap (“Gangs of Wasseypur”) and Richie Mehta (“Siddharth”) to produce user-generated documentary “India in a Day.”
The project aims to capture a day in the life of India on Oct. 10. Participants are asked to film their day across 24 hours and upload it to Google. Those whose footage gets included in the finished film will get credited as a co-director. Mehta will direct and Scott and Kashyap will be executive producers. Filmmakers R. Balki (“Shamitabh”), Zoya Akhtar (“Dil Dhadakne Do”) and Shekhar Kapur (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”) are creative consultants on the project. The film is scheduled for release in 2016.
Scott said: “ ‘India in a Day’ offers a unique opportunity for anyone and everyone across India to grab a camera or a phone and get out there and capture something. It doesn’t matter how small or personal it is — from riding a bike to calling your mum. It just simply needs to bear witness to what life is like in today’s India — that’s magical enough.”
Mehta said: “This project is so personal to me, as I believe film is a perfect way to showcase what makes India so extraordinary.”
Kashyap, who is currently at the Busan International Film Festival serving on the New Currents Jury, added: “We want to tell the story of India in a single day, and we want you to help. You can grab your camera and capture anything and everything around you. Film anything. But most of all, make it personal. Make it your point of view. Tell us what you love, what you hate, what worries you, what you hope for, what you want to change.
This is the sixth in the “In a Day” series for Scott. It began in 2011 with “Life in a Day,” directed by Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland”), and continued with “Britain in a Day” (2012), directed by Morgan Matthews (“A Brilliant Young Mind”), “Japan in a Day” (2012), directed by Philip Martin (“The Forger”) and Gaku Narita (television’s “Miss Pilot”), “Christmas in a Day” (2013), directed by Macdonald, and “Italy in a Day” (2014), directed by Gabriele Salvatores (“The Invisible Boy”).