Kannada film maker Sai Ram Shanthakumar will be producing a movie called “Gesture”, about two hearing and speech impaired characters and their complex lives and relationships within society. The movie’s main language will be American Sign Language, and to compensate for the lack of spoken script, the director has decided to encapsulate the dialogue in speech bubbles, which can be easily translated into the planned 99 languages in which the movie will be released.
Inclusion and Equality
The director chose American Sign Language because it is a more universally used sign language, which reflects Sai Ram Shanthakumar’s intention to reach as much of the world’s public as possible. To achieve this, he decided to translate the speech bubbles, which will appear around the main characters, into 99 languages so that everyone can have access to the story and the message it dwells on. The ultimate message of the movie is one of equality, for which everyone’s inclusion in the project is essential.
About the Actors
Sai Ram Shanthakumar has decided to make the movie and the issues it portrays more real by hiring actors who are hearing and speech impaired in real life. The leading roles will be played by Dhruva Sharma and Spoorthi, who have already mastered American Sign Language. Dhruva Sharma is more familiar with acting after his roles in two other Kannada movies, and he is famous for his participation in the Celebrity Cricket League where he represents Karnataka Bulldozers. Spoorthi, on the other hand, is a student at Charles College in Lingarajapuram, Bangalore, and will be acting in a movie for the first time.
About the Movie
The shooting has been planned to take 120 days and will take place in different locations, such as Malaysia, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Apart from the sign language and speech bubbles, there will be three instrumental songs, which agree with the director’s decision to avoid using human voices. The movie will be shot using a digital camera and the frames will be adjusted to allow the later placement of the speech bubbles.