Paani. Water needs an integrated approach as we have passed the danger mark

We have long passed the danger point on Water, and are in a crisis situation. Which is why I decided to make my next film on Water, called Paani (water in Hindi) . Its time has come now as water is high on the consciousness on the people. When I first thought about it 10 years ago, it was a difficult film to get financed. People did not believe that we were heading to a potential wars on water.

Paani reflects a future society where water is used as a weapon of political and social control.

Of course I am dealing with a Mega City, as even according to the UN the world is moving towards cities of 30 to 40 million people with inadequate infrastructure. The most dangerous of that is water. We are not far away from social conflict over water, say, in Mumbai or Mexico City. or even Los Angeles a little later. One event could trigger it. 10% economic growth in India and China is not possible if large populations are thirsty. In an integrated Global economy, economic growth is possible only without social unrest. Depletion of water resources will destroy all of that.

Europe is already under pressure from immigration from north Africa. Imagine a million thirsty people migrating in search of water. Which army in the world will be able to stop that ?

Rising urbanisation is often at the cost of break down of rural and therefor the agricultural economy. Almost 65% of India’s agriculture depends on fast depleting ground water resources. Ground water resources meant for agriculture are being transferred to urban areas. As farmers see value of their land rising, they sell it to real estate developers, but gradually lose a traditional rural community. Their children finally turning to crime, as is evident in the surrounding new suburbs (Gurgaon) of Delhi after the money runs out. Of course politicians prefer to take water to a place with higher voter concentration. So the cycle is never ending. In Mumbai, for example, most water connections are illegal, and handed out by local political bosses to their vote banks.

Water is now going not where it is most needed, but where it gets the greatest price or votes. Privatization of water will provoke this problem further.

The ‘girl child education’ effort in India breaks down because she is the bringer of water. Her day usurped by just having to fetch water from many miles away. Everyday. You see that all over India, Africa and other parts of the world. The question of water is far more integrated within the socio economic fabric of our planet. Throw away a pair of jeans and you throw away 6000 ltrs of water. Cotton is a ‘dirty water’ plant. The desire for an export economy and rising local consumption is a huge pressure on dwindling water resources. Destroyed forest land is often replanted with Eucalyptus because it grows faster and therefore more commercially viable. But it depletes water in the ground much more than it puts back.

We need an integrated approach to confront the situation. Rising consumption and economic stimulation packages are as important as global warming and dissapearing glaciers,

I have been in discussion with World Bank and many other organizations. Looking for ways to tie in with my film. Why must a film be just one event ? Can it become part of building a sustainable community around the issue of awareness of water.

Awareness at every level.

Do we our need to have taps gushing ? 90 % of water we use for washing hands is wasted. Products like shampoos, soaps, toothpaste, detergents push the idea of foaming. Greater foaming needs more water to wash it off !

I could go on.

What do we do ? In Mumbai people can shower for 24 hours a day without water running out. They do. Literally, across the road people are fighting over half a bucket of water delivered three times a week by tankers at an exorbitant cost by a growing water mafia. Who are taking control over water in major urban areas.

Awareness ? Film ? Community movement ?

Shekhar

48 Responses to “Paani. Water needs an integrated approach as we have passed the danger mark”

  1. Nishant says:

    Fully Agreed, But like to see solution in your blog. Unable to find solution here. Yeah you can make awareness, film, comm. movement….. but all of these must have a definite plan of action and finally a solution that exactly we we need.

  2. Yes nicely conveyed Shekhar. scientists have predicted that many years from now, water will become more expensive than diamonds or gold and that’s what wars will be fought over

  3. shekhar says:

    its exactly what I am saying. People speak about water harvesting, sea water osmosis, reducing consumption, better water management, drip irrigation. All of that , but I am calling for one integrated approach. all these are relevant, but need to work together as water permeates every aspect of our lives

  4. v hv to correct ourslelf first simple
    ther r sum ways like :
    1. leaky faucet can waste 100 gallons a day. (Prevent this)
    2. Take short showers instead of TUB, a full bathtub requires about 36 gallons of water.
    3. Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full.
    4. d waste water of wahing machine can b used in draining d toilets.
    5. use wet clothe to clean ur car, bike, scooter or even cycle.
    6. Use waste water in flush.
    7. Use waste water of cloth cleaning to clean the floor.
    8. Don’t allow water to flow Into gutter.

    these thing happens in my home, tats why i wrote.
    others can also follow sum of these.

    tk n save water 😉

  5. dont BLAME to a very big thing, bole to INDUSTRIES, RICH PPLS. N bla bla lba
    u can start with ur own yar. dusre bhad me jaye. tum to apne aap se Inamdar rahoo.

  6. Ahmad says:

    Future genration of mankind will be very thankfull for your constructive contribution towards society. You have always stand up with cause and tried honestly to work for the cause.

    Same like that another greate move from you.

  7. Puttu says:

    Shekhar – Firstly, i hope the movie is not a satire take on the problem we are facing. The reason being that the very point that u r going to make shall be left in the dark room only and will never be followed. For example movie like Peepli LIVE is still treated as a comedy as against the director’s intentions.

    Regarding the argument of “integrated approach”, the buck stops at the individuals in imbibing/following the different viable solutions that u may suggest at the end. The integrated approach in this context is in understanding each other needs, limitations and confronting the situation together..

    i wonder sometime how a tanker of water(close to 1K Litres) is made available within minutes of a call when the whole of City is dried up.

  8. kalpana says:

    Very well written.It’s scary to even think what will happen when water become scarce.When is the movie releasing in India?

  9. Ramkumar says:

    Shekhar sir, excellent post. I am very scared now, considering that the scenario of war over water looming large in the future and who knows what could happen as it is a problem which will spread all through the world.
    I just hope you also give the possible solutions in your film rather than just concentrating on the potential crisis that we could face in the future. I just hope your film creates a mass movement and widespread awareness throughout the world. This is something that we need to do now in order to protect our children/grandchildren’s future.

  10. Eagle says:

    I have been waiting for this movie ever since! It is a reality we are likely to see in the very near future…

    So is it still in the planning phase or have you started working on it?

  11. Krishna says:

    Really a nice post ShekharJi!
    Generally, most of the people are very well aware of the concerns you raised, but, is someone on a personal level trying to solve it out? Answer (atleast in rural areas of india) is a pure and direct NO. Many people including children die from preventable diseases directly related to drinking contaminated water. People in (my) village(s) hardly have ‘safe’ drinking water as they have no other option but drink ground water which, in many cases, is available far away from the living place.

    Hope your “Paani” will spread some more awareness of water and of the factors which are creating the risk of serious water shortages in the future. Hope, that the governing bodies will also do sthing.

  12. Krisna says:

    Really a nice post ShekharJi!
    Generally, most of the people are very well aware of the concerns you raised, but, is someone on a personal level trying to solve it out? Answer (atleast in rural areas of india) is a pure and direct NO. Many people including children die from preventable diseases directly related to drinking contaminated water. People in (my) village(s) hardly have ’safe’ drinking water as they have no other option but drink ground water which, in many cases, is available far away from the living place.

    Hope your “Paani” will spread some more awareness of water and of the factors which are creating the risk of serious water shortages in the future. Hope, that the governing bodies will also do sthing.

  13. kedar says:

    Great thought! Integrated approach to solve the problem!…all the best, Shekhar…

    cheers

  14. kedar says:

    Either in revolution or evolution awareness is the first step of Solution!

  15. Richa Dubey says:

    What our country lacks is not the resources but the wisdom and training to utilise them. By 2030, we will have 400 cities with a million plus population – we are currently only at 100 such cities.

    We need an integrated, sustainable approach to urban and city development which our current system does not teach. We only build silos of expertise.

    A glimpse of a viable alternative may be had here hhtp://institute.iihs.ac.in

  16. Harb says:

    A very interesting thing about humans is that they think they are supporting the sky on their legs and it will fall if they withdraw from it. Not knowing that there are far greater forces at play to support the whole planetary set up not to say of the universal and those will not budge an inch from carrying on with their scheme whatever we do. Which is why wise often say the solution is in the problem (“dukh daru sukh rog bhaya”).

    Those forces or that scheme of things had the wherewithall in it to produce us at the appointed time and will destroy us again at the appointed time whatever we do. Enjoy doing whatever you do but stop worrying. It is your vibhuti so distribute it and that is all. As you yourself say it is all an imagination. Who knows there is water everywhere we can see in the not so distant future given a couple of bigger earthquakes??

  17. your post has cleared my mind of a wrong perception that has infested my mind for years…it has now proven that the people in the creative industry are not the lay men who are ill informed about the real circumstances…great piece of research and great piece of writing…

  18. AJAY KUMAR SWAMI says:

    Realising the importance and scarcity attached to the fresh water, it has to be treated as Natural Resource.Interlinking of Rivers is only solution for water problem because of Spatial and Temporal variation of Rainfall in India.

  19. Bergin says:

    Thanks for creating the awareness, I’ll stand by you to take this message to the public in whatever ways I can. I humbly think, people must realize the issue and so need to be educated. I’m with you to fight for it.

  20. AJAY KUMAR SWAMI says:

    Efficient water distribution network
     Equity and demand based management
     Participatory Water Management
     Cropping pattern
     Realistic water rates
     Waste water treatment
     Recycle and reuse of waste water
     Use water efficiently and share fairly
     Conjunctive use of surface and ground water
     Extension, Renovation and Modernisation of
    old schemes

  21. Janita says:

    Dear Shekhar,
    your last post reminds me on a topic you wrote in Dec.(22)2009 on your blog when you ask how the making of paani could be a community event ? Now you hope to cause a community movement.
    First people must be aware of the unwritten right to have water(basis)to fight for the right, make it written down into the law(psychological work)-,then a water-system must be created, which allows to live the right(active part construction, effectivity, physical work),don’t let control over water fall in corrupt hands .Address you audience directly with your concern during paani in a kind of massage everyone feels and understands to have a long lasting effect in our hearts and souls. So the stone is going to move a mountain.
    Maximise your effectiveness!You are to be headed in the right direction.
    Good luck.

  22. Subir Ghosh says:

    Looking at water in itself as a resource will be flawed unless climate change is taken into account.

    Please have a look at this website at Columbia University.

    http://crk.iri.columbia.edu/water/

  23. Harb says:

    Hi Shekhar, my previous comment was general, I thought you were making a goody goody documentary on water. But now I have come to know that you are making a full-fledged movie. First I am afraid as happened with me it will give the impression of a documentary and so may not be hit at the box office like other films. Second I think it will look unnatural, for, Indian people by instinct know that things come out alright at the end because all is the making of one God, whatever He/She is. Even the English will think alike.

    Perhaps you should give it an other name and also present it in an other way, more compatible with a movie than a documentary. Here are a couple of suggestions for name:

    If you would like to be India specific: “Ek Boond Do Boond”, “Ek Boond Na Do Boond”, Pyar,Paisa aur Pyas,

    If you want to be world/English specific: The Thirst of Civilizations, Water Waterloo or Waterloos, Love and Parched Lips (lol)

    The name could be like:

  24. Amit says:

    Was recently watching a TedTalk by Jared Diamond on how societies collapse. Suggests some primary causes for societal collapses (as old as the Maya and as recent as Somalia, etc), rates rapid depletion of natural assets as one of the key reasons.

    http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/jared_diamond_on_why_societies_collapse.html

    Some thoughts to ponder further..

    BTW, have deep appreciation for Singapore’ approach towards water and other natural resources. One small example of a their balanced approach is that everyone, whether they live in a small, low cost housing or have their own penthouse, has equal access to water. Irrespective of the economic standing of the person the amount and price for access to water is the same.

  25. Rajalakshmi says:

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for this post.

    This brings back vivid memories from my childhood where even as early as the late seventies and early eighties, in Bangalore, where we lived, there was a perpetual shortage of water.
    Our daily schedule revolved around the timings of the water supply from the tap in our compound and the timings of water supply from the tap in the street next to ours, and the quantity of water in the “petrol drum” that each household in the compound invariably used, to store water.

    Even as a child going to school I remember wondering what would happen when we grew up, if the situation was so bad even then. My young mind wondered “how do people even think of getting married, having children etc, if the children are going to have to suffer with water scarcity! ”

    This would then trigger off a series of questions in my mind about the seeming meaninglessness of life and existence itself, if so much of time and energy was being wasted in trying to procure and store water on a daily basis!!

    We lived in Bangalore in a compound with eight families living in two small bedrooms housing units. There was a common toilet for all the families. One tap in each house from which I hadn’t seen a drop of water come through in all the thirteen years that we lived there!
    There was a common tap in the compound, and luckily, the tap was right in front of my house and the timing of the water supply from that tap would coincide exactly 5 minutes after I returned from school! There would be a row of buckets from all households lined leading to the tap. Each household- 2 buckets, and the size of the buckets would have to be the same!

    At night , we would set the alarm to 12 midnight and wake up when that went-off and head to the street tap for a few more buckets of water. I still don’t know why the corporation had to choose that unearthly hour to supply water through the street taps! And what still amazes me is that no one complained! It seemed to me at the time that I was the only one wondering about all this while the rest of the people, including my parents were either too tired or simply grateful that we were getting any water at all, in the first place !

    And, all this as I said, was as early as the late seventies and early eighties. The water problem started in bangalore at that time, from my experience.

    One day, my dad said both he and mom had managed to get a transfer in their govt jobs, to madras! I was so relieved !

    Finally, our own small house with running water actually flowing through the taps!
    But, this was not to be. We reached chennai, and then I discovered that the “common tap” in bangalore was replaced here by the “hand-pump” here in chennai!!

    Every house in the whole sector had it. Now, we had to get up early and pump water from these hand pump sets! The water supply from these would last two hours , on alternate days and the whole street would reverberate with the sound of people pumping water from these in the wee hours of the morning ! At least, people woke up early and got some exercise!!

    Till we left that place in 2004, this was the story. We sold the house and moved to the outskirts of chennai mainly due to the water problem. I was ecstatic in my new house where the water actually came out of the taps and one could drink it straight from the tap! The taste was excellent ! and, unbelievable !

    Everything seemed fine till 4 yrs ago, when suddenly the whole of chennai seemed to be gravitating towards my present area of residence! The reason- This area became the IT super highway, with all the major IT companies with their huge offices on this road,was renamed as “new chennai” and today, the whole area is a concrete jungle !

    The water still continues to be excellent, but I dread to think how long this will last !

    A local politician has set up a water plant a few streets away from mine, and is supplying/selling bottled water to the companies and to the city, tapped from the huge well in his plot!!

    The only good thing seems to be that all the houses here have rain-water harvesting methods in place in each home. And, thankfully, it is a miracle we are still getting some rain here!

    We are already looking out for a plot to buy further away, even as the city is only expanding in all directions, to move in case the water supply here runs out.

    But, how far can one keep moving in search of water ??

  26. Rajalakshmi says:

    I feel maybe it would be a good idea if all the people posting their comments here do some research in their respective places of residence and collect some actual data about the water status in their area, and post it here.

    Am sure it would be an eye-opening experience for all !

    For e.g, I still don’t know where each house is getting their daily water supply from. In my house, the supply is from a well and a bore well, as the corporation is yet to lay down pipes for water supply to this area.

  27. Namaste,

    I loved this article from my heart & soul. In my personal as well as professional capacity I have been preaching “save water”. I also take active part (without being told & without being asked) by closing flowing taps seen by me on road. In personal capacity, I use very less water.

    But having said this, according to me and according to my understanding, wars/fights that happened in last 5000 years++ and available to us for reading confirms that all these wars actually happened for water as well as for fertile land so that humankind can use it for shelter as well as for agricultural.

    I thank you once again,

    Sincerely I remain,

    Phadke

  28. Rudra says:

    Shakhar , All ,

    Please watch this excellent TED conference on water , where Anupam Mishra , a ‘country’ NGO activist from Rural Rajasthan , enlightens us .

    http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/anupam_mishra_the_ancient_ingenuity_of_water_harvesting.html

    Water Conservation , harvesting and efficvient utilisation can be solved by looking into and back into our collective traditional memories. In India’s case , the Ancient Vedic method of sustainable living – by integrating the Human Life with Nature , famously known as the ‘ Rishi Krishi ‘ way , can provide an effective solution , along with and among other emerging Green Technologies.

    I wrote about it on SK’s blog some time back – If Shekhar can pull it up , it might be useful ?

    Awareness through the Convincing Power of Bollywood is an effective way , I guess , but that can be a double edged sword – While informing , it can also create Fear and Panic and I am not sure Shekhar has thought through the influence and impact the particular Film will have ?

    Obviously not having seen it , it is difficult to say – but it also depends on the ‘Philosophy’ of the movie. Does it cover the Spiritual diemnsion ? DOes it have elemnts of the Esoteric Teaching in it ?

    If it does , it might be useful in the real sense , Else it will only serve a basic purpose – to make people notice and think about what is an obvious issue.

    As a Research Engineer by Career , what baffles me , is how with 70% of the Earth mass filled with Saline Water , we cannot find a way , through Innovative Technology to provide Free and Unlimited supply of Safe Driniking water to everyone on this Planet.

    I feel this must be possible. If we collect the misguided Intelligence of this World , we as a species have enough Intelligence to solve not just the Water problem , but any problem on this Planet. I however believe only India can provide truly non-sectarian , non-denomination , truly universal leadership , if it invokes the Esoteric Vedic teaching at the heart of its Leadership.

    Surely , we should not have a water problem on a Planet blessed with 70% Water ?? God doesn’t give us nuts – we have to break the nut-shell to get the nuts. We’re being stupid not to.

  29. RajuK says:

    This film has the potential of being as well known as Al Gore’s film, which helped earn him a noble peace prize.

    The peaceful sharing/availability of water that you could propose through this film, could by definition make you a true candidate for the noble peace prize. I know we should not work for recognition, but present what we believe in.

    More than 75% of the earth is covered with water. Unlike Petrol, water is a renewable resource. If people cut down forests, they will not attract rain in that region, hence renewing rain-water in those regions in the short-term may not be easy. By the way, Petrol is also a renewable resource, but it takes more than 200 years tp renew it.

    I am awaiting this film, to be able to get the benefit of your insights, and the various solutions you propose, to avoid water wars.

  30. Rudra says:

    Shekhar , All ,

    Please watch this excellent TED conference on water , where Anupam Mishra , a ‘country’ NGO activist from Rural Rajasthan , enlightens us .

    http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/anupam_mishra_the_ancient_ingenuity_of_water_harvesting.html

    Water Conservation , harvesting and efficvient utilisation can be solved by looking into and back into our collective traditional memories. In India’s case , the Ancient Vedic method of sustainable living – by integrating the Human Life with Nature , famously known as the ‘ Rishi Krishi ‘ way , can provide an effective solution , along with and among other emerging Green Technologies.

    I wrote about it on SK’s blog some time back – If Shekhar can pull it up , it might be useful ?

    Awareness through the Convincing Power of Bollywood is an effective way , I guess , but that can be a double edged sword – While informing , it can also create Fear and Panic and I am not sure Shekhar has thought through the influence and impact the particular Film will have ?

    Obviously not having seen it , it is difficult to say – but it also depends on the ‘Philosophy’ of the movie. Does it cover the Spiritual diemnsion ? DOes it have elemnts of the Esoteric Teaching in it ?

    If it does , it might be useful in the real sense , Else it will only serve a basic purpose – to make people notice and think about what is an obvious issue.

    As a Research Engineer by Career , what baffles me , is how with 70% of the Earth mass filled with Saline Water , we cannot find a way , through Innovative Technology to provide Free and Unlimited supply of Safe Driniking water to everyone on this Planet.

    I feel this must be possible. If we collect the misguided Intelligence of this World , we as a species have enough Intelligence to solve not just the Water problem , but any problem on this Planet. I however believe only India can provide truly non-sectarian , non-denominational , truly universal leadership , if it invokes the Esoteric Vedic teaching at the heart of its Leadership.

    Surely , we should not have a water problem on a Planet blessed with 70% Water ?? God doesn’t give us nuts – we have to break the nut-shell to get the nuts. We’re being stupid not to.

  31. malik shaikh says:

    shekhar i wnna kknow how will u try to make an awareness through a film, when the indian masses are running towards entertainment rather tha some preaching.

  32. shekhar says:

    Thank you Rudra, i was speaking at the same TED conf that Anupam spoke at. He is one of the most intelligent voices on water issues I have heard, both at TED and at other forum. Paani the film is about more than a world running out of water resources. Its about a time in when water is used as a weapon of political and social control. Water is both the truth and a metaphor for an unequal society we have today.

  33. ruchi says:

    I get aware, I get educated , I decide what to do and I take action.
    We all can make small decisions in our life to have bigger impact. I shower every other day for 5 minutes, my taps are never running or leaking. use one glass of water to brush and wash my face in morning. put one liter of bottle in my flush tank and save water. there are thousands of tips to start from where we are rather then blame.
    I have seen and worked with people both in rural and urban India ready to kill for water make them ware of how to harvest water and stop reling on tap water or tanks.
    i am eagerly waiting to watch this move.
    All the best

  34. Ariana says:

    As a person who works in water resources everyday of life. It pains me when I am planning demand projections for a City like Washington DC for the year 2050 and making changes now so we can meet them. yet, today millions of people around the world have no access to clean drinking water. Whats lacking in India and most other countries is lack of planning and preserving your resources. I mean how can you dump untreated raw sewage in a river and then use it for drinking water? A city like mumbai with record high rainfalls every year and surrounded by lakes albeit polluted should not have to be in the state it is in. A country, where the water Gods smile, pouring down rain every monsoon season. In the villages the wise farmers await the monsoon for the simple reason, rain equals a good crop. In the cities where people have no drinking water, people squirm during the monsoon season. Urban sprawl and poor stromwater management has made rain a pain, leading to flooding, damage of properties and spreading of water borne illnesses. An average American uses 125-200 gallons per day of clean drinking water. An average Indian would be lucky to get a gallon a day.Can we solve the water crisis in the world? As an engineer and planner my answer would be –Absolutely. As a person who has seen the level of corruption in India, I would give a nervous laugh-perhaps, maybe.

  35. Janita says:

    Rudra,
    thanks for the link.It’s amazing.All we need is here and there.To save, share and use knowledge is very important .

  36. Arjun Gupte says:

    Hi,
    Am a concept artist and much inspired by your film concept and did a couple of paintings to get the images from my head onto screen!Hope you like them!

    http://angupte.blogspot.com/2011/05/environmental-paintingspt-2.html

    Regards,
    Arjun

  37. kedar says:

    all said and done…i am more interested in the film than the movement… :-P…well cant help it…and i said this few years back too…nothing has changed in my mind set even now…because after a point i give a damn about social awareness…my personal view is that it is not compulsory for an artist to be socially aware…it is very much necessary for him to be Emotionally aware about his expression…in the sense What Emotion he wants to generate in his viewer’s or listener’s or reader’s mind! And when one takes this responsibility then he automatically ends up being socially responsible if the subject demands!!! ( Why i said ‘if the subject demands’ because it all depends on which story you are telling…Hitchcock never made any Socially aware film!!! but he was a master story teller for sure!!!)

    Kurusawa. Ray, Bergman and…well and many more films of different directors talked about social problems or issues INDIRECTLY or DIRECTLY…But in most of these films which touched audiences across the world and generations, the main focus of the director was on psychological and emotional relationships between the characters set in certain social set ups hence surrounded by certain social problems…

    Coming back to Paani, its a huge PROJECT…so very curious how the FILM will be…(YES!!! not sarcastically curious but genuinely curious…what and how you tell a story of such large canvas etc. )

    And after reading earlier post ‘PAANI: modern day Bladerunner with heart and purpose’ even more curious to see it! (WOW!!!)

    pretty excited about it! Realistic sci fi! well it is absolutely NOVEL!

    cheers

    PS: are you unknowingly starting a new genre in story telling? Realistic sci fi!?!…will have to do some research regarding this…what are other social issues today which are affecting entire world? Terrorism? technological advancement and alienation?…and?…power hungry political systems all over the world? money based economy?…there must be few more fundamental social problems affecting the whole world irrespective of class and culture and one can project them on some future date and tell a story…a story based on REALISTIC social problem based in future!!! but has any one done any FICTION work in this genre?…now i am talking non sense i guess…lol…

  38. shekhar says:

    very nice concept art Arjun, thank you, shekhar

  39. AJ says:

    Great plan and waiting for the movie to put some more effort educate more …

    A mass movement is needed to perserve our planet.

    We reduced water control to flow only 30% of tap pressure to save water, 5 minutes to control water flow, great water savings and the bill, wonder why its hard to tell people to control at each home, office, work place or educate people we know and to save.

    I wonder everyday :
    Why are we all destroying our own planet and our own life

  40. Aditya says:

    totally agreed with u…………. good luck for the film

  41. Chakra says:

    Plz stop hyping ur stupid project SK, u haven’t made a bollywood movie in years and am sure there will be no takers even if u somehow sweat it out 🙂

  42. Alex says:

    A truth that many ignore, Paani can do what “An inconvienient truth” did and much more in a locally and global scale. Knowledge and speculations are powerfull.

    When do you think movie shooting will bigin….curiously waiting.

  43. narenda says:

    Shekhar shahb aap mahaan hai mere paas koi shabd nahi hai ke main aap se aap ke taarif kar saku….

    aap ne aaj se 17 saal pahle film banaye Banded Queen.. main aap se kah nahi sakta…… i really proud of you…. You are Greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaattttttttttttttttttttttttt…….God Bless You……….

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    first of all e want change in our self then our view ill change about ater crisis an all that

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  47. Surabhi says:

    शेखर जी
    जब 10 दिनों में 20-25 मिनट एक पतली धारा पानी की सप्लाई होती हैlफिर पानी कब मिलेगा पता नहीं? हर वर्ष ऐसे दिनों का सामना होता हैl पानी की कमी हर जगहl काफी परेशानियों को समझा भी हैl मैंने संस्थाओं के साथ, इसके संरक्षण के लिये कई अभियान भी चलायेl लोगों को जागरूक करने की कोशिश कीl आप की इस फिल्म से काफी असर होगा,एेसा मेरा विश्वास हैl आप को फिल्म “पानी” के लिये मेरी शुभकामनायेंl इस पर कुछ पंक्तियाँ लिखी थी –

    पानी की कलकल से, झरने की तमन्ना हुई l
    बूंदों की रिमझिम से, बारिश की तमन्ना हुई l
    प्यास को बुझाने के लिए, पानी की तमन्ना हुई l
    क्या कभी पानी को संजोने की तमन्ना हुई ?
    कब तक हम सुनेंगे इसकी महत्ता औरों की ज़बानी
    कभी तो खुद समझेंगे इसकी महत्ता की कहानी ।
    न रंग, न रूप, न महक, न स्वाद है,
    फिर भी आब की चाहत है ।
    कुछ भी तो नहीं इसके पास,
    फिर भी देता हमें राहत है । हमारे जन्म से मृत्यु तक का सफर पूरा ये कराता ।
    बदले में हम से क्या कभी यह कुछ मांगता है
    सोचो तो बहुत गहरी बात है और ….
    समझो तो बडी चिंता की बात है ।
    पानी हमारे जीवन का आधार है
    हाँ! इसके संरक्षण से ही हमारा उद्धार है।

    Regards
    सुरभि

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