Singapore’s zero-budget filmmaking initiative #BDNPJump to release second film Mini

Singapore’s Black Dabba Productions in collaboration with The Navya Project is releasing 'Mini', a children’s film about a young girl looking for mysteries to solve, directed by debutant director Uma Kalyani, tomorrow, as part of the #BDNPJump initiative. The initiative’s objective is to raise the bar of zero-budget filmmaking and filmmakers in Singapore. 

Eka Shukla playing the role of Mini. Photo courtesy: Uma Kalyani
Eka Shukla playing the role of Mini. Photo courtesy: Uma Kalyani

Black Dabba Productions is an initiative led by Shilpa Krishnan Shukla and Shivanu Shukla to promote minimalist and zero budget filmmaking. The Navya Project, an initiative led by Viral Patel and Mansi Maheshwari, aims to connect emerging artists in Singapore with newer audiences. Together, both independent and self-funded projects created the #BDNPJump initiative which involves Singapore-grown filmmakers among the Indian diaspora in the city-state. 

Black Dabba Production's Shivanu Shukla and Debutant Cinematographer Remya Warrier behind the scenes of Mini. Photo courtesy: Uma Kalyani
Black Dabba Production's Shivanu Shukla and Debutant Cinematographer Remya Warrier behind the scenes of Mini. Photo courtesy: Uma Kalyani

#BDNPJump highlights 8 debutant directors - Aditya Mazumdar (SG), Balaraman Kunduvara (SG), Charan Singh (SG), Gautam Marathe (SG), Mathew Jenif Joseph (IN), Sai Pogaru (SG), Uma Kalyani (SG) and Viral Patel (SG) - and one debutant cinematographer - Remya Warrier (SG). Award-winning Shilpa Krishnan Shukla’s script and story will be used by each director to create their films, with Shukla serving as the Creative Director for all eight films. 

Mini Director Uma Kalyani and Debutant Cinematographer Remya Warrier filming Eka Shukla playing Mini. Photo courtesy: Uma Kalyani
Mini Director Uma Kalyani and Debutant Cinematographer Remya Warrier filming Eka Shukla playing Mini. Photo courtesy: Uma Kalyani

The first film as part of the initiative, Vesta, was released last April, depicting a story of Asteroid Vesta hitting the earth in seven days. Directed by Mathew Jenif Joseph, this film had no script, screenplay or rehearsals, leaving the actors to shoot their own scenes based on the concept. 

Veteran Bollywood actor Shishir Sharma in Vesta. Photo courtesy: Vesta
Veteran Bollywood actor Shishir Sharma in Vesta. Photo courtesy: Vesta

The second film, Mini, will be releasing tomorrow, 1st May 2021. Mini, depicts the story of a young girl that wants to search for and solve mysteries, played by Eka Shukla earning her the award for Best Child Actor at the Ahmedabad Internal Film Festival. This film is directed by debutant director Uma Kalyani from Singapore. 

Eka Shukla playing Mini. Photo courtesy: Uma Kalyani
Eka Shukla playing Mini. Photo courtesy: Uma Kalyani

All films as part of the #BDNPJump initiative were filmed in Singapore amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be released between May and September 2021. 

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