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Mera Daddu (My Grandpa) - Short Film Screenplay


Mera Daddu is a film on environmental and social change themed story of a poor grandfather who is etching a meager living as a "Ragpicker" living in a landfill in Mumbai, India. His Grandson, Aslam lives and works with him. Aslam's parents, were killed in the Hindu-Muslim communal riots of Godhara in 2002 in Gujrat. Daddu is determined to give Aslam a better future not infested with the rotting life that he has had to lead.

Our Review:

“A Rag picker to a National Junior Cricket team player” is like a dream everyone would wish to come true. ‘Mera Daddu’ is a perfect script for a short film.. Hope is a powerful tool. It leads us to do the impossible and helps us carry on even when there is hopelessness all around. And hope can come in many different forms and not always through an angel with a magic wand. The one who always keeps the fire of hope burning within; will always find the light at the end of the tunnel. There are kids like Aslam all around the world, but how many are lucky to have a daddu (grandpa) like him? This short film script can be both entertaining and educational but definitely packed with deep emotion which is a powerful mix and can expand one’s life by expanding one’s awareness.

Writer Biography - Sri Mirajkar

Sri is a seasoned actor with a passion for storytelling, theater and film-making. He has won awards for his films and for his acting. He can be found on IMDB as Sri Mirajkar:

Writer Statement

This story is very close to my heart and comes from a place of compassion for poor children in India and other developing nations who live in landfills to pick out plastic, glass, aluminum and paper from huge rotting landfills. These children work in hazardous environments, know no other skill and are abused at an early age. Through this story, I hope to bring awareness to their lives and urge corporates to sponsor vocational training programs to provide a skill and education to bring them out of poverty.


  • Project Type: Screenplay, Short Script

  • Genres: Drama, Social Reform, Environment, Awareness

  • Number of Pages: 9

  • Country of Origin: United States

  • Language: Hindi

  • First-time Screenwriter: No

  • Student Project: No

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