Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s short digital animation, The Girl Who Kicked the Ball, is a metaphorical portrayal of the poliovirus as aliens and the human spirit that defeated it by creating the anti-virus in a “vaccine”. This dark, avant garde film is a unique blend of computer generated animation and black and white photographs that highlight the harsh and very real daily reality of children suffering polio. The film shows the power of immunization and tells of a brighter outcome in our fight against diseases if we, like the protagonist, take a stand against them.
“I was born in 1963 and was always saddened when kids with polio could not join the game of football. They strived a hundred times as hard but still got left behind in the playground and in every aspect of life. “The Girl Who Kicked the Ball” is my salute to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the change they have brought about. Isn’t it a miracle, that now when I pass a football field there is nobody watching from the bench longing to jump in?”
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is a director, writer and producer, known for critically acclaimed, award-winning films including Rang De Bansanti, Delhi-6, and the recent Bhaagh Milkha Bhaagh. He has had the rare honour of receiving the Indian national award and the president’s medal three times in a row. He has established Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures (Romp), with a vision to pioneer a path for new cinema from India, and tell Indian stories to the world.
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Photo Credit: Meeta Ahlawat
See Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and his production team at work behind the scenes on The Girl Who Kicked the Ball. Photos courtesy of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.