What unique and challenging times we live in. Despite the global pandemic changing life as we know it, many are still working tirelessly to bring much-awaited projects to fruition. Nowhere is this more evident than in the making of ‘Motherhood: The Journey of Mata Sahib Kaur’. Passion and commitment keep the wheels moving forward when things have ground to a halt.
Here is an insight to the challenges being faced by the team in India, where this picture is being created. The animation studio iRealities is based in Mumbai, where there have been travel restrictions in place since March. This means that travel journeys are banned for those working in non-government and non-essential sectors. Even people returning from domestic flights must quarantine. All these factors mean that the director, Dr. Karandeep Singh, cannot be present in Mumbai to oversee the project. On a larger scale, the global film industry has been upended, halting production and closing cinemas. It is thought that the Indian Bollywood industry may not open until March/April next year.
Furthermore, the mandatory quarantine rules mean that much of the animation team are working from home and this presents huge challenges. Here they face issues such as power failure, Wi-Fi/internet problems (especially in the more rural areas where many of the team are from) and a lack of access to the expensive software packages that are housed in the animation studio itself. What is more, the team are having to cope with the consequences of Coivd-19 in their own families, as well as staying motivated when faced with such negativity and uncertainty. There are many factors outside of their control, yet the team is managing to adapt despite the exceedingly difficult circumstances. They understand the importance of this trailblazing animation and are invested in its completion. N3P cannot and will not be able to thank them enough!
Remember that this project is by the sangat, for the sangat. Many professionals worldwide have come together to offer their skills – a beautiful reminder of the selfless service that is a core principle of Sikhi. These individuals are involved in aspects such as writing, websites, social media, design and much more. People are facing their own hardships, yet still finding time to do seva and we are motivated by this generosity and selflessness. The world will eventually come out of lockdown and life as we know it will one day return. When that happens, ‘Motherhood: The Journey of Mata Sahib Kaur’ will be there to uplift and inspire.
Rest assured, the hard work continues and this ground-breaking animation will be released in the not-too-distant future, ready to galvanise humanity and give them new impetus.
Nihal Nihal Nihal Productions team