Thursday, July 31, 2008

Shekhar Kapur

I had the good fortune of meeting up with one of India’s finest film producer and director – Shekhar Kapur. Shekhar had come to my alma mater school – Kellogg School of Mgmt for an “India Day” event. While the other speakers were buoyant about India’s progress, Shekhar (while bullish) warned the audience that unless systemic issues like infrastructure, growing divide between the rich and poor, etc are not solved – sustaining progress would be tough.

During my chat with Shekhar he mentioned his latest project – Paani (which means water in Hindi). Paani (which is in the process of being made) is set in 2025 in a city polarised by water scarcity, a world divided into the haves and have-nots – those who have water and those who do not. Shekhar thinks that the next wars will be fought over water and not oil. As Global warming takes place, water will become the scarcest resource. Millions will die of thirst and countries will go to war to colonize the water resources – he indicated. People who know about the water challenges in India would understand the context.

The film is set in Mumbai. I am looking forward to the completion of this film by Shekhar. Visit Shekhar's blog on Paani to learn more about this.