Community Correspondents

Amol Lalzare

Amol Lalzare

State: MAHARASHTRA

Amol Lalzare is an auto-rickshaw driver and a community journalist from Mumbai. He documents life and struggles of the marginalised communities in the maximum city.

Amol Lalzare balances life as an auto-rickshaw driver and a community journalist who is documenting life and struggles of the marginalised communities in Mumbai, the financial capital of India. Previously a camera person in Bollywood, Amol found that the film world does provide for survival, but not enough for the mind. “We were just puppets for directors who worked long working hours, in the background.” Having learned the aesthetics of film-making from the largest film industry in the world, Amol has used this skill to make videos to help residents of his home Sathenagar and millions of Mumbaikars dwelling in slums, by voicing their issues and solving them by holding the responsible authorities accountable.

Amol finds that the city he loves seems to forget its people and leave them behind. Concerned by superficial, surface reporting by the mainstream media, Amol knew that becoming a part of media himself will give better chances to voice the community's real problems.

His first foray into filmmaking was when he was trained by VV as a part of the Community Video Unit for Akshara, an organisation in Mumbai. In the unit, he worked on the video documenting the negligence experienced by the marginalised communities in Mumbai, the financial capital of the country. After the project ended, Amol joined Video Volunteers as a Community Correspondent.

Since then, armed with a hand-held camera, Amol has been documenting a range of issues affecting the marginalised, from poor sanitation to corruption to shrinking spaces in the city and displacement in the slums, where more than half of the city's residents live. He uses the documentation to put forth an evidence-based report in front of the authorities to find a solution to the problem. A case study was written in 2013 about Amol’s work by the Video4Change network. The case study looked at how one of Amol’s videos had led to a bridge being installed over a railroad track, near to a community where many blind people lived.

Amol feels that the mainstream movies and television have ignored to bring a narrative of a lower-middle-class character on the screen. Added to that, the death of single-screen, affordable theatres and affordable channel connections has meant that the lower-middle class has limited access to entertainment and art. His stories fill this void among the community. “They see situations similar to their lives, familiar faces and immediately feel a connection to these stories. A story true in one slum, resonates with another slum,” says Amol. One day he aims to create a television channel, specially meant for the marginalised communities to gain knowledge and entertainment through documentaries and drama.

Videos from Amol

When A Family Member Tests Positive – Part 2

 
/ July 14, 2020

Video Volunteers' correspondent Amol Lalzare brings the second part of his experience inside a quarantine centre in Mumbai.

Migrant from Mumbai Forced to Live in the Open | COVID 19

 
/ May 29, 2020

The ongoing lockdown has compelled thousands of people to return to their villages. However, in the absence of public transport, many are forced to arrange for their own vehicles or walk on foot, several hundred kilometres along with their whole family. Video Volunteers community correspondent Amol Lalzare brings to us...

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Surviving Corona in a Mumbai Slum. Annabhau Sathe Nagar Is a Lesson For All |...

 
/ April 27, 2020

Annabhau Sathe Nagar is a slum in Mumbai that houses around seven thousand people. Though the houses are only a few apart and densely populated, residents have taken the initiative to implement the lockdown. People can’t go out to earn their living, food is scarce and whatever little is available...

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Swacch Bharat Mission: Toilets Still a Dream for Residents in Mumbai’s Chembur

 
/ April 3, 2019

While Swachh Bharat mission has declared 98.6% of the Indian household have access to toilets. Residents of Jay Ambe Nagar, Mumbai are going on without toilets for 16 years.

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Slum Rehabilitation Authority’s Dream Homes in Chembur, Mumbai Crumbles in no Time.

 
/ March 27, 2019

Under The Slum Rehabilitation Scheme, dwellers were moved to Chembur’s apartment complexes where water is dripping and lacks basic facilities.

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Families of Ghatkopar Rehabilitated to Mumbai’s ‘Human Dumping Ground’

 
/ March 19, 2019

Residents of the Mumbai’s Ghatkopar area were forced to relocate to Mahul, having hazardous living conditions and bad air quality.

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Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Two toilets for 12,000 People in Mumbai’s Mankhurd

 
/ February 27, 2019

Two toilets for over 12,000 people. This is what the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan looks like in Mumbai’s Mankhurd area.

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A ‘Medicine-Free’ Way of Life

 
/ December 5, 2018

In response to the increasing dependency on medication and growing burden of lifestyle diseases, ‘medicine-free life’ empowers people to take charge of their health.