Caught live in action, the documentary shows how boys play cricket for the sake of money. This trend has multiplied in such a way that it is the only source of income for many such people. Shot exclusively at North Delhi’s Japanese Park in the morning, the documentary illustrates even spectators are quite interested in shouting and cheering for them apart from betting on players. Amongst the scenes, a boy Vikas, fondly known as Gibbs, is hitting the bowler Piyush, famous as Pathan. They are playing six-ball match and betting is on 4 out of six balls.
People in attendance are seen yelling and betting on their favourite teams, saying among themselves that ‘I am betting Rs 500 on this team and I am betting Rs 1000 on Gibbs. Meanwhile, a person, fondly called as uncle is counting the score that how many runs are made and how many balls are left besides betting on them too. After six balls, the winning team gets money from losing side. The spectators, too, exchange money among themselves. The style and format of playing is very different with new patterns like ‘three ball’, ‘double wicket’ or ‘six balls (one over)’.
Abhishek Pandey, the Mass Communication student, who directed the ‘Passion Bana Paisa’ said, “Being a cricket enthusiast, it was my long-cherished dream to bring into focus the damaging practice of a sport, which India celebrates at every nook and corner. When I brought this idea to our teachers they liked it and provided us every possible scholarly input to carry out this video project. While on one hand it highlights how money can be made quickly from a local cricket by betting on its every move, it also brings into notice the self-made deterioration of cricketing spirit and culture. The issue is also of great concern that boys, instead of honing their skills in cricket to make it big as a profession, are lured by quick bucks in early age, which is definitely damaging their studies.”
Shivani Tripathi, Animesh Richhariya and Sushil Kumawat, all classmates, are the other crew members, who in their respective roles, such as script writer, cameraman and production, brought the issue to the fore. The documentary was made under the guidance of Massco Media’s seasoned faculty, who provided all possible help to these students, and of course, the state-of-the art studio facilities, the institute is known for. Divesh Nath, founder and MD of Massco Media said, “Each year the degree students of our Institute produce about 100 video projects. Samman, Chah Pyar Ki, Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai and Picking up Dreams are some of the recent documentaries made by our students that received good reviews.merinews.com" id="highlight">reviews across the creative fraternity.”
While Samman deals with the problems faced by eunuchs and how they try to adjust in the mainstream world, Chah Pyar Ki is about a woman who takes care of abandoned pet dogs and wounded dogs, a pathetic story on every street. Similarly, Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai is an endeavour to show the livelihood of the physically challenged Rickshaw pullers. Picking up Dreams is a documentary about the child rag-pickers, devoid of studies and other facilities.
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