Residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Streatham Vale took centre stage when they produced and acted in their very own production of classic Bollywood film, the 1975 Western ‘Sholay’.
Residents and the team at Aashna House Residential Care Home on Bates Crescent had a reel-y good time when they took part in the Bollywood film shoot led by Ladder to the Moon, a community interest company that supports care homes to become more vibrant places to live and work.
Ladder to the Moon’s work at the home, which provides residential care and dementia care, is part of Shine!, a national two-year arts programme which uses creative arts to shine a light on the talents of residents across Sanctuary Care’s 61 homes.
As part of the project, a variety of films from the ‘golden age’ of Bollywood were discussed and residents voted for their favourite. The winning vote went to 1975 Bollywood great and Hindi action-adventure film ‘Sholay’, a film that came first in the British Film Industry’s 2002 ‘Top Ten Indian Films of All Time’.
Shula Hawes, Programme Co-ordinator for Ladder to the Moon, explained:
“When choosing the film we wanted to look for what sparked residents’ interests. We used video clips, music and images from Bollywood films to see which were most popular. Through this we learned about residents’ previous experiences and saw what films they really connected to - the process was a lot of fun.”
In the second session on Monday 1 September a film shoot took part at the care home, with residents taking on a variety of roles – including starring parts, behind the camera, costume, make-up and manning the clapperboard.
There was a particular breakthrough with resident Rebecca Christian, 78, who had not always been willing to participate in activities in the past. She was offered the clapperboard in the film shoot and invited to mark the scenes, supported by her granddaughter. Rebecca thrived in the role and was awarded an Oscar at the end of the film shoot, in recognition of her focus and contribution.
Smita Bhatt, the home’s manager, said: “It has been wonderful to explore the talents of our residents and many of them have relished in the opportunity to express themselves and contribute to the project - including some people we did not expect to see taking part. The project has supported us to engage everyone in creative events.”
Shine! aims to shine a light on the individuals living in our care homes, encouraging their participation in arts-based sessions, including theatre, movement, music and film.
The programme is funded through Sanctuary Group, Sanctuary Care’s parent company, and is part of Sanctuary’s commitment to highlight the potential and talents of older people through quality arts experiences.