The series produced for Channel News Asia, Singapore was all about celebrating how good food does not need to be expensive. Shot in 6 cities across Asia, it embarked on a mouth-watering journey through the slums of Asia. These would be the last places you’d expect to find delicious foods but we celebrated the flavourful, sometimes unknown, dishes made by talented cooks in the slums. Celebrity chefs, food gurus and food historians chimed in to tell us more about these dishes and what makes them so amazing.
The India episode explored two stories whose characters took us on a tour of their daily lives. We were introduced to their lives right from when they woke up to getting ready, to cooking their dishes to their point of sales as well as their social interactions and walk around of their neighbourhood. It was an interesting journey into discovering life is the slums and challenging our assumptions about slum life.
The five-day schedule was filmed in the biggest slum of Asia – Dharavi, Mumbai.
Dharavi, being the biggest slum in Asia means an extraordinary amount of people, tight places, dingy alley ways and rodents of all shapes & sizes competing for the prime spots in the film’s background. We shot one episode at 2 am when it is socialising time for the rodents. It took some time for us as well as them to get used to each other and we finally agreed not to interfere in each other’s spaces. We fed them some energy bars and they posed for some interesting pics. The human folk were not so pleased with the gutter inhabitants getting more attention than them; so they tried to interfere with our filming. Our Production team managed to distract these attention seekers while the DP and Director took their shots without a clue of what was going on. All in all, a very interesting shoot.