Silent stories

Everyday Heroes, a video made by three city students tracks people who make lives of others easier but go unnoticed like a traffic cop, a housemaid, a mother, a nurse and so on

Real heroes most often don't wear capes. They seldom wear flashy costumes or receive keys to the city. In fact, it's only when they are missing that people realise what lifesavers they are. It is to repair this oversight, and to give the city's quiet heroes due credit, that three students have launched a video on YouTube called Everyday Heroes.

The video follows a traffic cop, a housemaid, a mother and a nurse, as they go about their days making life easier for those around them. Far from being thanked, however, the people featured in the video are all ignored or looked upon with disdain. It is only when they take a day off that people realise how important their roles are. It was in much the same way that Shantanu Naidu and his friends struck upon the concept of the film. "Our maidservant came home late one day. She was scolded because of that, but then we found out she had met with an accident. Often, we simply forget to be sensitive to the other person's feelings and do not stop to think about their lives. After that, my father and I made a list of all those people who play a silent role in our lives but are not thanked," says Naidu, who along with Saurabh Rane and Akshata Gogate, is pursuing third year engineering students at Padmabhushan Vasantdada Patil Institute of Technology. The trio are a part of Touch Heart Music that launched their first project six months ago titled Lautado Bachpan Mera.

If Everyday Heroes looks convincing, it's for a reason. Barring the role of a maidservant, which is played by an actor, other characters in the video are enacting their real life professions. For instance, the video features a real traffic policeman, a nurse, a milkman and so on. "Everyone helped us while making the video, especially the traffic police who helped in every way they could once they found out what we were doing," says Rane. However, the group had other challenges too. Renting a camera is one of the most costly aspects of making a video, at Rs 8,000 per day. However, the trio's friends rallied and MAAC student Dilip Suthar and FTII student Yogesh Koli provided the camera and helped with cinematography, while Sukrut Teni spent sleepless nights editing the final cut. "It feels good to see people helping out. It has shown us that humanity still exists and all it needs is awakening," says Naidu.

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