If you are a student of Economics, this might perhaps sound blasphemous. But a group young filmmakers, who returned from the United States recently, have created an entire feature film analysing the various perceptions of money and its effect on society. In the end, they have dared to imagine a world without money itself. Utopian, yes, but interesting nevertheless.
On Sunday, as a means to promote the soon-to-be released feature film titled 500 & 5, the crew organised a marathon near the Marina Beach and also released the audio disc of the film.
Raghu Jegannathan, who has directed the 120-minute film, says the plot involves a Rs 500 note and five persons from different strata of the society. “The note moves from one hand to another. We have captured what the perception of money is depending on the background of the character,” he notes. The last of the five is a revolutionary who imagines a world without money.
The director says that the movie was produced independently by Accessible Horizon Films, a brainchild of four enthusiastic filmmakers, including Raghu, who have already created a number of documentaries. One such work titled Metroxical New York, which explores the life in the Subways of the American city, was recently screened in an international film festival.
500 & 5 is expected to be released in August and would be sent to the Censor Board for approval in coming weeks.
“Apart from the 100 people who took part in the marathon here, we also had our well wishers in the US and the UK rooting for the film and having their own marathons simultaneously there,” says Raghu.
The songs of the movie will be available for free download on the internet soon.