RadioandMusic
| 16 Jul 2019
Supari Studios and Red Bull Media present 'The Story of Divine'
MUMBAI: The Story of Divine, is an in-depth biographical documentary on India’s leading rapper, Vivian Fernandes aka Divine, who is often credited for putting India’s hip-hop scene on the global map. Produced by Red Bull Media House in association with Supari Studios, the documentary showcases Divine’s unique rags-to-riches journey and rise to fame, through a lens that we’ve never seen before; aiming to inspire the next generation of artists along the way. 
 
Directed by Webby-winning director, Akshat Gupt, who won the award in 2018 for another docu-series created for Red Bull itself, named ‘Doppelgangers’.
 
“Red Bull approached us in January 2018 with the idea of making a short documentary on an upcoming hip-hop star named Divine. Our previous collaboration with Red Bull (a docu-series called ‘Doppelgangers’) had just won a Webby award, and it immediately felt like the perfect opportunity to do something out of the ordinary. To be honest, I knew very little about Vivian till then. As I started to uncover his life, I realized that this is not just an everyday story but the birth of a movement. I wanted to capture this fascinating process of discovery and take the audience through a similar journey. And that’s how the conversation to produce a feature-length biographical documentary began,” says Akshat Gupt.
 
He further adds, “Much like Divine himself, we wanted the film to be real and raw. This meant shadowing him in the least intrusive way possible - at times with just a phone camera and two-member crew. We wanted to give him the space to allow him to be candid and share some of the most intimate stories from his life. The challenge for any non-fiction film is in stringing together a coherent narrative while keeping it authentic and immersive for the viewer. Luckily for us, Divine’s captivating journey (even so far) was enough to inspire us as filmmakers. This is the story of a boy from the slums of Andheri, whose outrageous talent not only led to the birth of a cultural movement in India, but also gave a million kids from a similar background a reason to believe.”
 
The documentary will premiere on the Discovery Network primetime on Monday, 1 July. The film will be released in five languages – English, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, and Telugu.