Based on the book by the same name, Aditya Kripalani’s Tikli and Laxmi Bomb is the story of two sex workers in Mumbai who decide to kick men out of the system. And the project is now looking at the crowdfunding route via Wishberry to enable completion.
What’s the film all about?
What if sex workers decided to kick men out of the system and take over each job that men traditionally have performed, as pimps, protectors, owners etc. and did these same jobs themselves? What if women started a sex industry run by women, for women, that safeguarded their interests? Tikli and Laxmi Bomb, the film, inspires women in each industry to ask themselves this question… ‘What if we started something of our own, by women, for women?’ be it advertising, teaching in schools, fishing or banking.
So why is the book worthy of a movie?
A film is a medium that has always had a lot more reach than a book. Simply because it takes less investment in terms of time, less patience and you don’t need to be able to even read, to experience the same story. To be able to get the message of this story to reach far and wide is why we’re making a film on it. With absolutely no dilution in the content and depth of it.
Why female sex workers?
Because they are the worst affected by patriarchy as they’re not even allowed to legally practice on the streets. And so they have no recourse to justice from the law.
What’s the status of the film so far?
The screenplay is in its 5th draft. The crew has been finalized. The budgeting and scheduling has been done. The casting is being done as this gets launched. Five songs have been composed. The lyrics have been written. The arrangement and recording has begun as this goes live.
Why go in for crowdfunding?
When we see any one type of film becoming the only kind of film made, for example a Dabangg, it’s because films are driven by market forces. And one successfull blockbuster ends up in another hundred copies being made. But on a platform such as this, you can choose stories that engage your mind and leave you with not just entertainment which is primary, but also something to think about.
How will the money be used?
Composition & Recording: 200000
What are the risks and challenges associated with your project?
We’re shooting with actors dressed as sex workers on the streets of Mumbai. So you can imagine how tough that’s going to be. To make it seem and feel authentic and yet not lose the emotion of each scene. To cast Laxmi and Tikli, who have very different natures, ages, dispositions, and physicality in itself is a challenge. And then to cast the remaining members of the Tikli and Laxmi Bomb Gang.
To know more about the crowdfunding campaign check the official campaign page.
– Aditya Kripalani