I first encountered the character of Fauji back in 2004 and made Videsh a year later. Videsh meaning ‘foreign land’ is an aspiration for most poor young men in India to go abroad and earn upkeep for their families. They have substantial demands to send money back ‘home’ in addition to paying the debt to ‘Agents’ for bringing them here. I encountered Fauji again for the Agent/subzero project but have been meeting many ‘Faujis over the years – hanging around Gurudwaras for langar and in parks, bushes, wasteland, etc. I meet him again in this film, from different platforms and viewpoints, but he and his story remain the same.
Shammi is an actor/film-maker with numerous films to his credit. He has made over 20 shorts and two features. As an actor he trained in classical drama at the London Academy Of Performing Arts, but self-trained himself in film-making, He continues to showcase and make new work regularly.