Can crowdfunding save ‘indie’ in India?

Despite the obviously ‘cool’ images ‘indie’ conjures up – of the black and white, rebellious, unfiltered cigarette-and-guitar kind – it isn’t easy being an indie-anything in the land of the Khans. Filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan figured as much, while helping organise the third edition of Kashish in Mumbai, one of India’s most popular queer film festivals.

An LGBT festival in the home-ground of the Salmans and Shahrukhs, one that didn’t even demand a ticket from viewers – Rangayan and his team resorted to old fashioned crowd funding. They pooled in Rs 1 lakh from contributors.

A still from Greater Elephant, whose release is crowdfunded. Image courtesy: Facebook page of film.

“While the amount was not very huge, the enthusiasm shown by the LGBT community was amazing. It showed a community spirit in supporting a community initiative,” said Rangayan, who is now in the process of filming Breaking Free, a documentary on the LGBT movement in India, with crowd-funded resources. And this time he has sought professional help from two crowd-funding consultancies – Wishberry in India and Indiegogo in the US.

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