News|May 17, 2010 10:38 pm

Shekhar Kapur’s Paani, A solution to the Global Water Crisis

Shekhar Kapur, who is mostly known for his experimental work, and also a jury member of Cannes Film Festival this year, is bringing a solution of global problem through his forthcoming film, ‘Paani’. Hrithik Roshan and Kristen Stewart starrer, Paani will flag off in November in Singapore and Dubai.

Based on a book by Maude Barlow, ‘Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis And The Coming Battle For The Right’, Paani is a dark story about the intimidating water crisis, that in time will affect relationships among individuals, cities, states and even nations. The movie starts when a beautiful young daughter of the chairman of the world’s largest water corporation arrives in the upper city of the plentiful. During a chance visit to the impoverished city, she is kidnapped by a young water warrior. With Paani, Kapur has tried to point out that soon water will become a weapon in near future.

Oscar Winner, AR Rahman will compose the songs of the movie.  Describing about his film, Shekhar said,

“It is the story of young love caught in the flurry of conflict between two cities, one rich and waterful, the other poor and waterless where water rats are forced to steal the precious liquid. People in Bijapur were furious [because] for weeks no water was supplied to homes. When the public attacked the local water regulation body, they found there was water in the tank, but it was being supplied only to influential people like politicians and businessmen … So this is the story of Paani. Twelve years ago when I was trying to get funding for it, everyone said I was talking about a fantasy film that no one would identify with the problem. Today they say I must make the film because it is so relevant.”