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Meet Bavish Bal: One of India's Few Film-Makers on a Wheelchair
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Meet Bavish Bal: One of India's Few Film-Makers on a Wheelchair

With Indian cinema leaving no stone unturned in an attempt to change the way it portrays differently-abled characters in a good way, we can look forward to more films like Amir Khan starer Taare Zameen Par, which focused on Ishaan's (Darsheel Safary) struggle with dyslexia.

The burning question is whether or not filmmakers will start giving more work to aspiring actors with physical restrictions. While leading directors and producers may not consider hiring differently-abled actors for playing crucial roles in their films, Bavish Bal is doing exactly that.

Based in Thamarassery, Kerala, Bal is one of the few film-makers that use a wheelchair. The 30-year-old film-maker has an impressive resume that includes working as an associate director for 'Mounaksharangal,' a Malayalam film that gave work to more than 200 hearing-impaired actors. During a recent interview with NewzHook, Bal spoke about his aspirations, dreams and other plans.

Since childhood, Bal has been hoping to work in films, leaving his mark in the Indian cinema. Much to his chagrin, a tree fell on him when he was just 5-years-old, seriously injuring his spinal cord. This accident took place just after he had completed his class 10. Although he was left with no choice but to start using a wheelchair, Bal's love for cinema remained unbroken.

Currently pursuing his post-graduation in English literature via distance learning, Bal is focused on helping differently-abled actors in terms of identifying their skills and guide them towards achieving their goals. In a bid to encourage other actors living with some sort of disabilities, he has even sidelined his dreams of acting and is currently focusing more on directing films.

His contribution to 'Mounaksharangal' helped Bal gain more confidence. “When I'm a director, I can give more disabled people opportunities to act in movies”, he told NewzHook. Regardless of one's abilities, Bal says film making isn't easy. Since he loved his job, he continued overcoming all the challenges he faced while directing the film.

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