This is a story of a father from a middle-class family and his struggles to make his daughter’s first train journey memorable. Using a story with a local context but one that has global relevance, the film urges for better infrastructure for the citizens of the country. It addresses a common problem seen in many societies worldwide; namely, the poor condition of public transport. It attempts to bring to the fore the critical and underdeveloped condition of ‘unreserved coaches' in Indian trains. The film also has an underlying message of human empathy, care, togetherness, and positivity—all with the aim of achieving a true sense of happiness and self-satisfaction in life. The project went through contextual primary and secondary research including literature reviews, case and field studies, and interviews of people who travelled in general compartments.Thereafter, a detailed story was developed based on the character and scenario building; this was followed by visual development and animatics to understand the pace and timing for the animation film. A detailed study of the locations was done for production design concerns such as treatment and look and feel. This film is also an attempt to encourage and inspire young animators to pursue animation with local narratives.
Keywords: 2D Animation, father-daughter relation, Indian railways, storytelling, unreserved seats
Student Name: Aditee Prakash Deore
Guide: Mr. Kaushik Chakraborty, Co-Guide: Mr. Suman Chowdhury