BIS #6116 Netflix Original 'Yeh Ballet' Inspires Bosco Boys' Home

by Cleric Jittin Mathew & Father Sunil Pinto for BISMumbai

Aur taqdeer usika saath deti hai jo apne sapne ko pura karne ke liya din raat, dil-o-jaan se mehnat karta hai.” These lines from the film 'Yeh Ballet' stirred up emotions in the hearts and minds of the boys from Bosco Boys Home (BBH), Borivali as they had a special screening of this Netflix India original film on 17 August 2020.

It was a memorable experience for the boys since the film Yeh Ballet, released on 21 February 2020, was specially screened for them via Netflix with one of the lead characters of the film Nizamuddin Shah present for the screening. The icing on the cake was the personalized wishes by the film Director Sooni Taraporevala also a noted screenwriter and photographer, who addressed the boys through a video in which she encouraged them to “work hard and never stop dreaming.” This film narrates a story of hope, grit and determination about two gifted underprivileged Mumbai teens who are discovered by an eccentric ballet master; they face bigotry and disapproval as they pursue their dancing dreams.

In his address to the boys, Shah shed light on the content and nature of the film while dwelling upon his own experiences as an actor. Father Corlis Gonsalves, Rector of BBH while speaking about Mr. Shah and his production house ‘Jannat Media Production’ mentioned how the boys were well trained to stage a musical entitled 'Armaan Sab Ka'. Their presence was motivating and encouraging.

At the close of the film, Sevak Pednekar, a NIOS student of BBH remarked, "I was able to connect with some of the characters of the film. It taught me to keep my dreams alive by never giving up. With hard work and determination everything is possible, there is Hope even for the hopeless." Father Sunil Pinto, the Prefect of Studies thanked Shah and the team of 'Yeh Ballet' promising to invite them in the future to conduct acting and post-film production workshops for Bosco Boys’ Home.