Production

Current Status

  • After having written the screenplay, Kamal Musale has been entrusted by The Zariya Foundation to carry out the movie’s direction and production.
  • A few scenes were shot in Kolkata in 2018 in order to show a teaser to donors.
  • The international fundraising campaign for the required $ 4 Mio. takes place the whole year 2018.
  • The shooting will take place in 2019 in India and London.
  • The premiere will be held in 2020 at an International Film Festival (e.g. The Berlinale) and will be released at Mother Teresa’s 110th birthday in August 2020. 


Financial Plan

The unique aspect of this movie is that it’s being financed with charity donations, and all proceeds which result from these funds will go back to charitable institutions and foundations that work for the poor, the sick and abandoned or handicapped children.

To finance this charity, The Zariya Foundation was created in 2010 in Switzerland, followed by the Zariya Trust in India, and by a tax exemption scheme in the US. They intend to raise $ 4 Mio. to finance this major motion picture based on the vision and key messages of Mother Teresa.

We invite 200 people around the world donating $ 20’000 to cover the total cost of $ 4 Mio. to make the film. Smaller donations are, of course, welcome. Swiss and U.S. donors will benefit from tax exemption in their country.

A few individuals (5-10 people) are expected to donate a bigger amount as they have already pronounced their interest and support.

All donors can choose from the 3 different methods to pay or guarantee the agreed amounts:

  • Pay directly to the Zariya Foundation account.
  • Pay on an escrow account, until the $ 4 Mio. is guaranteed.
  • Give a written guarantee to pay the agreed amount on first demand to Zariya Foundation.

Zariya Foundation-Konto: Credit Suisse AG, 8070 Zürich
IBAN: CH02 0483 5160 1252 0100 0

Production

Les Films du Lotus (Sàrl) in Switzerland and Curry Western Movies (Pvt Ltd) in India are the film production companies, both directed by Kamal Musale that will ensure that the movie is produced with the highest quality. Apart from a 2 weeks shoot in London, the film is mainly produced in India, both companies ensuring a world-class result thanks to lower production costs and know-how.

Les Films du Lotus is a 25-year old Swiss production company that focuses on development and co-production of English-language feature films co-produced with European, UK, Canadian, US & Indian partners. It has produced before about a dozen films for European broadcasters:

Together they have co-produced the feature “Curry Western”, aka Sanyasi) (for a release in 2019) with Les Films du Lotus / Louise Productions (Switzerland) and Flick The Switch (UK), for a 2 m $ budget. Previously they made “Bumbai Bird” (a low-budget feature in festivals now) with Les Films du Lotus (Switzerland), for a 300’000 $ budget. They co-produced “Millions Can Walk” (with Reck Productions Switzerland), a feature documentary released in 2015, for a 600’000 $ budget (released in cinemas in Switzerland and Germany).

Kavita & Teresa is their next feature project, in coproduction with the Zariya Foundation.

Synopsis

For Kavita, a spoiled modern young woman of Indian origin
living in Toronto, love is an illusion.

Social Impact

We have 3 goals in telling Kavita’s and Teresa’s story:
IMPROVE, INSPIRE and ADVANCE.

Cast

Karen David,  Jacqueline Fritschi-Cornaz
and  Deepti Naval

Writer | Director

The Swiss-Indian Kamal Musale is a talented author and director
who has made over 30 films.

Production

The unique aspect of this international movie is that it’s being financed with charity donations, and all proceeds will go to the poor.

Distribution

The premiere will be held in 2020 at an International Film Festival, followed by a theater run.

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Making The Pilot

In this short film you will see the making-of a pilot that we have shot in Kolkata earlier this year...

Zariya Foundation

The Zariya Foundation was created in 2010 in Switzerland,
followed by the Zariya Trust in India.

Patron's Committee

A contemporary drama and an epic biopic of Mother Teresa

A movie by Kamal Musale
with Karen David, Jacqueline Fritschi-Cornaz and Deepti Naval

 

Produced by:

Curry Western Movies, India
Zariya Charitable Trust, India

Co-produced by:

Les Film du Lotus, Switzerland
Zariya Foundation, Switzerland