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 has been 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 filmi world does provide for a 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 across Mumbai, by voicing their issues and solving them by authorities to be accountable.

Amol views the world from inside out and finds that the city he loves, seems to forget his people and leaving them behind. Concerned by superficial, surface reporting by the mainstream media of their concerns, Amol knew that becoming a 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 to video-document the negligence meted out to 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, Amol armed with a hand-held camera, documents 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 connect 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.

Together with a camera and the community, Amol is working towards change in Mumbai - One Video at a time.

Videos from Amol

Children of Mumbai Slums Gang Up for Urban Development

 
/ April 20, 2017

Self-motivated children from Mumbai Slums’ lead the path to bring urban development to their localities

Impact

Community Journalism brings Tuberculosis Clinic to a Mumbai Slum

 
/ March 8, 2017

Kavita had been suffering from tuberculosis for three years and had reached a critical stage.

VV Impact: Man gifts boy car to make his Buggy Dreams...

 
/ November 8, 2016

Video Volunteers website and YouTube channel IndiaUnheard have reached many unique stories from rural and urban pockets of India, urging many to join hands with...

A 19-year-old builds his own Buggy car through Youtube videos

 
/ October 17, 2016

Prem Thakur zooms Navi Mumbai’s suburban streets in a swank looking buggy car. As he pulls over to the petrol pump, the attendants all pull...

A 19-year-old builds his own Buggy car through Youtube videos

 
/ October 17, 2016

Prem Thakur zooms Navi Mumbai’s suburban streets in a swank looking buggy car. As he pulls over to the petrol pump, the attendants all pull...

A Man Urges Govt to Build Playground in Mumbai’s Suburb

 
/ October 10, 2016

The shrinking open spaces in the suburbs of Mumbai is affecting children, who yearn to run, play and have fun like children are meant to....

Take Action

Clogged Mumbai drains cleaned due to Citizen Action

 
/ September 5, 2016

The lanes of Gautamnagar, Andheri were full of filthy sewage water for more than three years. The residents of the suburban area had tried to...

Mumbai Home Guard not paid for over 6 months

 
/ August 8, 2016

Home Guard, Mukesh Jadhav, was one of the first victims of the Mumbai terrorist attack in 2008 on Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal, as he guarded the...