Civic workers’ Flyover finds a place in recordbook

Page no 41 of the Limca Book of Records holds immense significance for some of the employees of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). Reason: Flyover — a short film made by a handful of Grade-III and Grade-IV employees not only found a spot on the record book, but it was alongside the likes of Big B and King Khan.

The 22-minute film that premiered in October 2011 at the Film and Television Institute of India, aims at creating awareness on the use of flyovers.

And true to its purpose, it was featured in the 100 years of Indian Cinema category under the sub-category 'Film on Public Awareness' of the 2013 edition of LBR.

The most commendable aspect of the film is that neither are the actors professional artistes, nor are the technical staff graduates of any film institute. The entire team of Flyover comprises PMC grade III and IV workers.

The film was made with a budget of Rs 3.5 lakh. "While 10 people contributed Rs 5,000 each, the rest was pitched in by my colleague Ganesh Dugaane and me," says Ganesh Devidas Kadam, who is both the director and scriptwriter.

Dugaane and Kadam are junior clerks at PMC. The song was written by senior clerk Ashok Landage and sung by Dharmanand Jagtap, who is a peon at PMC.

One may think that in order to pull off such a big project, the PMC staff may have ignored their duties. But no. in fact, the team worked only on weekends and anytime that would be outside their official schedule. Due to budget constraints, the short film was shot in eight months in 2010.

The film was showcased at six film film festivals in 2011— Jaipur International Film Festival, Pune International Film Festival, Nashik International Film Festival, Gujarat International Film Festival, South India Mega Short Film Festival and Pune Short Film Festival.

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