Beginning this month Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has been shooting his buddy film with four kids quietly in a Ghatkopar slum ( one of the suburbs in Mumbai). The film, ' Mere Pyare Prime Minister' revolves around the four kids , Kanhaiya, Nirala, Ringtone and Mangala who is the leader of the group who live in a Mumbai slum.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra when he ventured into the slums on a month long tour, he came across slum kids and was amazed at their vibrant life despite facing so many challenges due to poverty. He believed that your mindset is shaped by your perceptions. The film is not much about the comparison between the people of high rise tall buildings that would look down upon the slums and their inmates , but it is a story about people, their relationships , their survival and not wanting to give up the attempt to lead a better life .
The film is all about seeing this world through different eyes and finding inspiration and the beauty it depicts. The filmmaker says the film started with the shooting of a Holi Song with 200 people and by the time the shoot was over they had over 1000 people around and everyone was drenched in colours. That's what the film is all about that left the director intrigued on this subject.
His past films 'Rang De Basanti', 'Delhi 6', ' Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' were all set in the North but this film is shot in Mumbai as he has been living in the city since 1988 and says he saw a huge transformation of the city into a world city.
Having seen this new change happening around it helped him follow the path of ' Salaam Bombay' and ' Slumdog Millionaire' and many other such stories that influenced him. says the filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
As of now he says, he is having a time of his life hanging around with the super smart kids who sit on the pipelines with their smart phones using the free wifi from a nearby luxury hotel while they stay connected with the world!!
Three years ago Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra with an NGO from Ahmedabad brought about a change after he had visited the Gandhi Ashram and seeing the Mahatma's model toilets had initiated in building toilets in municipal schools.
The filmmaker says the story has inspired him much before the present government came up and raised the awareness of ' Swacch Bharath', however he was not in a hurry till he had the right story in mind . This is a story that needs to be told to a larger audience across the country signs off the filmmaker.