In the early hours of January 12, 2017, a young filmmaker Aruna Roy was waiting outside a cinema in a Delhi suburb.
The film was titled “I have No Regrets”, and it was about a man who had decided to change his life for the better by using his camera to record his life and what he witnessed daily.
“I did not have any regrets.
I am happy,” said Roy, sitting on a bench at the cinema.
The filmmaker has spent nearly six months documenting his life, which was a huge part of his journey to get to this point.
“The film was a gift to me, I was very fortunate that I was able to have it.
It’s not that I did it because I had no other choice,” he said.
After a decade of filmmaking in India, Roy is one of the most visible voices in the country.
He has shot a huge number of films including the popular “My Name Is Raju”, “Aurangzeb”, “Dhaneshwar”, “The Life of a Man”, “Mujhvaar”, “Puri,” “Vishnu”, “Raji”, “Hindi”, and “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”.
He has also directed documentaries, television shows and documentaries on other topics, including India’s new cyber-crime laws and the role of technology in shaping the society.
Roy, a graduate of Delhi University, is also the founder of the popular website ‘Filmmaker Roy’ which allows viewers to vote on his films.
“I am a director of films, I don’t make them.
I do what I am told to do.
It is a natural evolution,” he told NDTV, adding, “I am an artist.
I make what I want.
I think I am an icon.
If I am not able to do it, I will try and make a difference in the world.”
Roy said he had been inspired by the story of Mahatma Gandhi, who, he said, would have been happy to have a camera in his hand.
“This is my way of documenting my life, my life as a filmmaker.
My journey to this place is my journey,” he added.”
My name is Raju,” Roy said, referencing the hero of the Mahatmas’ movement, “The Mahatama Gandhi”.
“This film is a very important film for me, for me as a young man.
I want to make it a symbol of what the next generation can do.”
While Roy has made several films in the past, this one was a different story.
“When I was a kid, my parents told me that I would become an actor, I would go to a school and I would make a film.
But the story just didn’t work out for me.
I thought I was never going to be able to make a living in this business.
But, my dream came true, this is where I am at right now,” he recalled.
The film “I Have No Regret” was shot with a camera that Roy owned in Delhi.
“My camera is in a small studio in a street in a little town called Chikkamagaluru, and it’s just sitting there, with my brother.
I’m shooting a film at night.
There is no electricity, no running water, no phone service,” he explained.
“So I had to borrow my brother’s camera and I bought it at a shop, a camera shop in the village,” he continued.
The family lived in a two-room house in a poor area of Chikkamsagaruru, where the local police station was located.
The camera was a cheap model, a Rs. 500, which Roy said he sold to a local person who used it to record the day he got it.
The shopkeeper sold it to Roy, who sold it on the streets of Delhi for Rs. 2,000.
Roy said the camera was not cheap, but it worked well.
“It was one of my first cameras.
It worked very well.
I used it for a few hours a day.
I never had to charge it.
I just took it with me and I never went to a studio,” he laughed.”
We were doing a documentary, I did a few days of shooting, and I realised that I had a camera, and the next day I started filming.
And I realised how big a camera can be.
It was a big thing for me,” said the filmmaker.”
The day I made the film, I went out to the market to get something to eat, and someone said to me: ‘Do you have any film?’
I said: ‘Yes, I have a few’.
I had bought the film for Rs 500 from a film shop in Chikkami, and then I used that to make this film,” he remembered.
After he finished shooting, he went back to his