Eminent filmmaker Rakesh Omprakash Mehra who has a series of commendable films to his names like Rang De Basanti, Delhi 6, and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag among others is gearing up for his next. The filmmaker has chosen the subject of friendship yet again and is sure to create magic with it. His next film titled ‘Mere Pyare prime Minister’ is a story of four friends and their journey.
The storyline narrates the tale of four kids who live in the slums of Mumbai and it focuses on their strong bond of friendship. The shooting began with a Holi song with over 200 people on set. The filmmaker chose to shoot at real-life locations to render the authentic touch. The location was finalized after the recce of 1 month.
In a statement, the filmmaker stated, “The subject has been simmering on a slow fire for three years. I’m a Delhi boy and all my films– Rang De Basanti, Delhi 6, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Mirzya—were all set in the North. But I’ve been living in Mumbai since 1988 and seen it transform into a world city. The buildings are taller now but there are still slums around them that have always intrigued me and made me follow the path of Salaam Bombay, Slumdog Millionaire and other stories which have grown out of them.”
Mehra added, “Your mindset is shaped by your perceptions. Someone living in a taller building would look down on the slums and their inmates without realizing that someone lived in a highrise would be looking down at them. Ditto developing countries viz-a-viz richer nations. My film is not so much about comparisons as it is a story if people and relationships, survival and not giving up, the endeavor to lead a better life. There is no attempt to overplay or undermine, it’s about seeing this world through different eyes and finding beauty and inspiration in it.”