Residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Leicester took centre stage when they produced and acted in their very own production of a classic Bollywood film.
A reel-y good time was had by the residents and team at Asra House Residential Care Home in Asha Margh when they took part in the film shoot. The project was led by Ladder to the Moon, a community interest company that works with care homes to find innovative ways to celebrate their residents’ creativity.
Ladder to the Moon’s work at Asra House, which provides residential care and dementia care, was 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, two of Ladder to the Moon’s creative facilitators took the roles of Hollywood director and film star to lead workshops at the home. In the first session, a variety of films were discussed and residents voted for their favourite.
The winning vote went to 2003 Hindi film ‘Baghban’, a Bollywood drama about the relationship between parents and their four sons. The scenes recreated included Chali Chali Phir Chali Chali - a popular Valentine’s Day song from the movie.
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 a film shoot took part at Asra House, with residents taking on a variety of roles – including starring parts, behind the camera, costume, make-up and manning the clapperboard.
One of the residents who relished the opportunity to take part was 92-year-old Kamlaben Rajani, who said: “It was so lovely, I loved it and I love it here at Asra House. I really enjoyed myself and I hope Ladder to the Moon come again.”
The home’s deputy manager Krishna Patel-Mohan said: “Our residents absolutely loved taking part in this project – the joy in their faces as they recreated the scenes was beautiful to watch – they are still singing the songs as we speak!
“It has been a wonderful experience for our team as well as our residents – they love exploring their creativity and made some stunning decorations for the ‘set’ – this is something we will take forward with great enthusiasm.”
The team at the home also received training on the day of the film shoot and a resource pack to help them to continue to run similar events and activities in the future.
Ladder to the Moon’s work at Asra House was funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, which offers support and funding to groups to deliver activities within communities in which they operate.
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.