‘Delhi Dreams’ gives wings to dreams of 14 underprivileged children


New Delhi: They might be underprivileged but nothing can deter them from dreaming big and aspiring to achieve their goals. The film ‘Delhi Dreams’ was the culmination of the meeting of fourteen students from Nai Disha. The movie will be premiered in Smile Foundation International Film Festival for Children and Youth to be held at Siri Fort auditorium from December 11 to December 17.

The movie depicts stories of ambition and aspiration of 14 underprivileged children hailing from New Delhi. Thanks to Smile Foundation, a leading pan-India development organization their dreams have found a platform.

Smile Foundation joined hands with Films without Borders (FWB) (a UK based leading organization that educates youth living in difficult situations around the globe) to host a film-making workshop for children with an objective to educate, engage and empower children through cinematic experience. After a rigorous audition, 14 children from “Nai Disha” – Smile Foundation’s Mission Education center, were selected for portrayal in the movie.

The children of Nai Disha were trained under the multi-talented, passionate film professionals Ms. Jill Samuels and award-winning photographer and cinematographer Richard Blanshard who visited India in November 2017 to conduct this workshop after which children made a movie – “Delhi Dreams”

“The workshop has not only helped these children to unearth the raw talent but has also helped them build their confidence, enabled them to learn about themselves. It is important for the upliftment of the less privileged that the more privileged sections take up a proactive role in the process of development”, said Mr. Santanu Mishra, Executive Trustee of Smile Foundation & Chairman – SIFFCY.

Roshni, Shikha, Arbaaz, Bharat, Murshed are the children who have made the film.

“I am excited that our movie will be premiered in such a big platform like SIFFCY. I would like to thank my mentors who have helped us in making this movie; it is not just a movie, it is a dream of every underprivileged child who wants to earn name and fame. We did our best to make this movie and are confident that the audiences will love and support our work,” said Bharat, one of the film-makers.

Arbaaz, student of class X wants to become a photographer in future. His father Tahir Husain is embroiderer by profession and mother Asma Khatun is a home maker.

Like Arbaaz, there is Bharat, a student of Class X standard, who has given his best to make this movie a successful project.  His father Umender Manjhi, a security guard wants to leave no stone unturned to make his son dream come true.