Film captures the growth of Whitefield

Wondered how Bengaluru‘s IT hub, the bustling Whitefield, looked like once? ‘Time Weavers,’ a documentary, speaks about people who have seen Whitefield through its transformation from an Anglo-Indian village to an IT hub.

The 15-minute documentary in English has been produced and directed by 20-year-old Vani Kaul, an aspiring filmmaker and a student of Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology.

“The documentary is about  those who preserve the past, live in the present, and have hope about the future. Nobody knows that Whitefield was once an Anglo-Indian village. There are still a few old colonial structures located in the Inner Circle of the area which is the actual Whitefield. I have interacted with both old and new inhabitants of the area. The documentary features five residents who have been staying in the IT hub for more than two decades and also talks about old structures,” said Vani.

A resident, Merlin D’Souza, who features in the documentary, recalls that there was only one general store and a little bakery when she had moved in. “We wanted to lead a peaceful life and hence, we moved in here. However, things began to change. We try to lead the life that we lived in those days,” she says. Raghunandan TR, another resident who built his house in 1989 at Whitefield still reminisces those days.

He recounted an interesting story that was doing the rounds then: “We used to hear that former Prime Minister of UK, Winston Churchill, used to visit the area on horseback. While the Inner Circle of the area was inhabited by civil servants, the Outer Circle, marking the boundary of Whitefield comprising larger plots, was occupied by army people,” he says, in the documentary.

A few have spoken about how they cannot recognise the area anymore due to the advent of high-rise buildings and companies.

Vani, a resident of Yelahanka, took two months to make the documentary as part of her college project. Recently, the film was screened at U-Special International Campus Film Festival, Mumbai.

The documentary can be viewed at http://pickur-flick.com/ on the ‘Featured Flicks’ section.

Credits Deccan Herald

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