“You could fry an egg on Phil’s head!” it’s day two of our trip, and after reaching 40 degrees earlier, we’re starting to fry. We set off from Delhi at 8.30am and arrived in Jaipur (The Pink city) at about 2 pm. It is a stunning place, lots more colour than Delhi but still as crazily busy. On the way we passed camels pulling carts, families pushing elephants and monkeys chilling on the roadside.
As we came into The Pink City, Jaipur we first stopped at the Amer Fort which looks amazing! Hopefully we’ll go visit it next week, apparently, they do elephant riding for 1,000 rupees (Still got no idea how much that is in sterling).
The hotel is amazing, kindly sponsored by the Royal Heritage Haveli, who’ve been awesome looking after us since we arrived. We ordered ham and cheese sandwiches with fries for lunch, always good to try to local cuisine.
Afterwards, we went to visit the kids for the first time. Incredible!! One of the best experiences of our lives. The children are so friendly and happy. Smriti, the founder of the care home, is so welcoming and we felt at home immediately. We arrived during prayer time which sounded great and shortly after, whilst signing the guest book, we looked up to find 40 smiling faces saying hello.
The children are aged 3 to 15 and each one came up to us to introduce themselves and find out our names. Griff mentioned cricket and before we knew it a game was in full flow on the road outside. He discovered he was out of his depth after the first ball as it flew back over his head for 6, he says “there are some right little Tendulkar’s in there!”
I sat on the side showing a group of youngsters my eyebrow raising skills, I mean literally raising my eyebrows Cadbury style.
After the match, I think Griff’s team won, we were invited to join everyone for a tasty dinner. Haven’t sat cross-legged like that in a while, looked up at the boys to see one of us had moved to the steps, another had pins and needles, and the third trying hard not to dribble sauce down his shorts. The kids were laughing, so at least we kept them entertained.
After dinner, we headed briefly into the play room before our taxi had arrived.
An incredible experience for us all and we can’t wait to do our best for this brilliant bunch of kids!!
After meeting the kids for the first time last night, and being completely bowled over by their happiness and enthusiasm, we couldn’t wait to go back to see them today!
We arrived around lunchtime, and after tucking into some grub we explained to the children what these four pasty Englishmen (technically one German and a half-Scott and two Englishmen) were doing stood in front of them with cameras and matching t-shirts.
Thanks to some brilliant interpreting skills from Smriti’s daughter, we explained that we had travelled 6,000 miles to come and shoot an adventure film with them, with their story, characters and costumes.
Immediately the kids were going crazy with excitement. We then gave them the choice to be actors/actresses, cameramen or sound/lighting.
Between the team, we took the kids into their groups and ran through some of the skills and other bits and bobs. We’ve a bunch of great photos that the kids have taken, they looked like they loved it.
Smriti, the founder of the care home, then sat all 40 kids on some of the beds and told a traditional Hindu story to the kids which will be the basis of our film. It was fantastic!
Later in the afternoon, the yoga instructor arrived. Somehow, within 5 minutes Griff and myself were sat doing the sinking swan and having a hernia! Mid-way through the “downward dog” someone farted (I’m looking at you Griff) which set everyone off laughing, including the instructor. I’m not sure we’re any closer to touching our toes but it was well worth getting involved.
After the yoga, we were treated to some group dancing that the kids had choreographed, it put my robot and Griff’s big fish little fish to shame, and it was amazing!
So after our first day of the film workshop, these brilliant bunch of youngsters have chosen their characters, began learning some camera work and sound and lighting. At the request of the kids, we begin dress rehearsal tomorrow!
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