Host and actor Maniesh Paul, who has made a short film titled What If, a thriller, revolving around the lockdown days, says the proceedings earned by the movie will be used for charity. "Whatever money we will be getting from the film, we will be putting it for charity because right now a lot of people are in need be it daily wage workers, helpers. So, we are just trying to distribute the money amongst them," Maniesh told a news agency.
He has joined hands with Jio Studios for the film, which is co-directed by Kartik Singh and Maniesh himself. The film released on Wednesday on Maniesh Paul and Jio Studios' Youtube Channel. "The movie is a thriller. It's on the lockdown only. The situation we are facing right now and the idea came like how we are doing live chats nowadays and how we are facing the problem and still keeping the smile on our face. And how the character Maniesh Paul, I am playing Maniesh Paul in the film and how what happens when the quarantine days keep increasing," he added.
Happy to collaborate with Jio Studios on #Whatif, a thrilling short film streaming now on @jiostudios and Maniesh Paul Youtube Channels. Also streaming on @JioCinema. Lockdown ka , stay home stay safe this #Lockdown.https://t.co/8wg9Q0s4aq pic.twitter.com/NEMpSwviVf
— Maniesh Paul (@ManishPaul03) May 13, 2020
Maniesh shot the entire movie on his phone's selfie mode. "Me and director Kartik the director we thought how we could create this film together. This is how we made the film. I was shooting alone. I was shooting the film on selfie mode on my phone and I would keep talking to Kartik on phone that you know this is what I am doing and he would tell me 'do it like that' so that was collaboration on phone. Technology played a great part in the film," he told IANS.
This is not the first time a film has been shot on a mobile phone. International films like High Flying Bird, Tangerine, 9 Rides, Unsane, Romance In NYC and I Play With the Phrase Each Other have completely been shot on phones. According to media reports, Tamil film Adadae, by Kamal Saro Muni was shot on an iPhone 5.