Mumbai film school Whistling Woods International is addressing the issue of sexual violence in India with “Dekh Le”, a YouTube video released on December 16, 2013, exactly one year after the horrific gang rape in Nirbhaya, Delhi. The film plays out four scenarios in which men gaze or leer at women going about their daily lives in public. The tables are turned when their gazes are returned on reflective surfaces. Music is “Dekh le tu dekhte hue kaisa lagta hai” (Look how you look ogling).
Whistling Wood International wanted to make an ad empowering women as part of the celebration of 100 Years of Indian Cinema. Hopefully it has a big impact, and not just in India. It’s the sort of message that needs to be heard everywhere.
Filming was shot by director Ketan Rana via Whistling Woods International with producer Vishal Gandhi, cinematography mentor Kiran Deohans, cinematographer Aakash Raj, costume stylist Neeta lulla, assistant stylist Tanvika, production designer Sukant Panigrahy, art director Boishali Sinha, editor Prasanth Ramachandran, executive producer Nayeem Tomar, production team Ntushaar Chowdary, Jhelum Mukharjee, Sanjana Malhotra, post production coordinator Santosh Kadam, assistant directors Sohini Singh, Powell Jadaun, Neshu Saluja, Vidha Sagar, assistant cinematographers Abhishek Jaiswal, Karthik, storyboard artist Austosh Pattnaik, modeller Vikendra Rathore.
Concept work was done at Postman Piktures.
Music was composed by Ram Sampath and sung by Sona Mohapatra.
Post production and visual effects were produced at FutureWorks Media Ltd by head of production Kailash Jadhav, colourist Prathvish Hegde, VFX supervisor Smit Shah, online editors Nadeem and Rahul Pai.