Videos

In The Pink
Aired on the Discovery Channel (2007 - 2009)

 

  In The Pink investigates the phenomena of 20,000 flamingos choosing to visit Mumbai, the densely populated financial capital of India, every year. 

  Every year in Mumbai, the most densely populated metropolis in India, eighteen million people go about their business, as the skies turn pink with flamingos. For the past twenty three years a growing number of greater and lesser flamingos have chosen Sewri Bay, in the centre of the city, as their home for eight months of the year. In a polluted bay that is surrounded by a nuclear research centre, two oil refineries, a fertilizer factory and a port; twenty thousand flamingos challenge conventional conservationist wisdom.

   In the Pink, a Rewind Films Production, is the first documentary to explore some of the nuances of this rare urban wildlife phenomenon, and what it means for the flamingos in the long run.

   Ironically, the degraded Bay seems to offer these birds an abundance of food and a safe place to stay. But not all the news is good. No studies have been done on the flamingos in Mumbai, or on the Sewri ecosystem. There is no information on where the nomadic flamingos come from, or go to when they leave Mumbai at the start of the monsoon season every year. It is speculated that they go to the Rann of Kutch, in Gujarat, as it is the only known breeding ground in India for the ‘Near-Threatened’ Lesser Flamingos, but there is no conclusive evidence.

   So far, the inadvertent creation of a flamingo habitat has been a happy accident, but how long before pollution starts to take its toll on these birds, and on the ecosystem? As there have been no formal studies on these flamingos, In the Pink is a pioneering documentary that has never - seen - before footage of  the  flamingos  of Mumbai.  It combines beautiful visuals, fine music and hard - hitting questions about the environment that the flamingos share with us. The 24 minute documentary is narrated in a conversational and an engaging style and  offers an intriguing kaleidoscope of images - the frenzied buzz of India’s commercial capital in stark juxtaposition to the timeless grace of the Greater & Lesser Flamingos. 

   In The Pink was a Finalist for the Panda Award for Promoting Film Makers from Developing Countries at Wild Screen, Bristol 2008; it won the Asia Oceania Award at the Japan Wildlife Film Festival 2008; it received a Special Jury Award, and was nominated for the Conservation Award at Vatavaran Environment Festival, New Delhi 2007; it was invited and part of the official selection at Wild Talk Africa, Durban, South Africa 2007, Planet In Focus in Toronto 2007 and at Reel Earth, New Zealand.

Director: Ashima Narain
Producer: Ruchi Narain for Rewind Films
Cinematography: Sunjoy Monga & Ashima Narain 
Scriptwriter: Jerry Pinto
Editor: Archit Rastogi
Original Score: Sneha Khanwlkar
Sound Designers: Allwin Rego & Zahir Bandukwala (Routemaster)
Consultanat: Sunjoy Monga

 

The Last Dance 
Aired on the Discovery Channel 2007 

   Under the law, the Indian sloth bear is entitled to the same protection as the tiger. Yet crimes against it are committed openly across India as bears are made to dance. 

   The Last Dance attempts to place this crime in its context. Through a mix of dramatic reconstruction and real-life footage, the film shows how this isn’t just about cruelty to an animal, but how dancing bears is part of a complex chain of circumstances and traditions that involve a poor and marginalized community: the Qalandars, who have traditionally earned their livelihood by ‘dancing’ the bears. If the bears are to be helped, the Qalandars must be too. Wildlife S.O.S., a Delhi based non-governmental organization, is implementing a programme that works at ending this crime by rehabilitating this community so they can find alternative means of livelihood. 

   By venturing on an undercover operation and witnessing the surrender of a dancing bear, the film seeks to show how this crime can be brought to an end.

   Ashima was awarded the UK Environment Film Fellowship by the British Government to make The Last Dance. The film was a Finalist for the Panda Award for Promoting Film Makers from Developing Countries at Wild Screen, Bristol 2008; it was nominated for the Conservation Award at Vatavaran, New Delhi 2007; it was a finalist for Best Environmental or Conservation / Campaign Film at Wild Talk Africa, Durban, 2007; and part of the official selection at Planet In Focus in Toronto 2007.

Director & Cinematographer: Ashima Narain
Producer: Ruchi Narain for Rewind Films
Scriptwriter: Jerry Pinto
Editor: Archit Rastogi
Music Director: Sneha Khanwlkar
Sound Designer: Allwin Rego
Bear Conservation Experts from Wildlife S.O.S.: Kartick Satyanarayan & Geeta Seshamani


The Wedding Filmer


This is Love - Trailer 1 from The Wedding Filmer on Vimeo.

Director: Vishal Punjabi
Directors of Photography: Hojo & Ashima Narain
Editor: Ankit Gadhvi


Simply Love - The Trailer from The Wedding Filmer on Vimeo.

Director: Vishal Punjabi
Directors of Photography: Hojo & Ashima Narain
Editor: Ankit Gadhvi



NGOs




Magic Bus - It's My Time

Producer: Ruchi Narain for Rewind Films
Directors: Ashutosh Shah & Taher Mithaiwala
Director of Photography: Ashima Narain
Editor: Anshul Joshi


Director & Editor: Vishal Punjabi
Director of Photography: Ashima Narain



Commercials


Producer: Red Chillies Entertainment
Director: Vishal Punjabi
Director of Photography: Ashima Narain