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..BECAUSE MAGIC HAS NO LANGUAGE!

A cup of coffee, a few BOTs, an incredible desire to be the change and here you have it.. BOT VFX’s latest and perhaps most incredible idea ever!

Over the years while BOTs have been actively associated with several social impact initiatives be it Flood relief work, making a difference to the lives to the less fortunate, providing clean drinking water at schools or more recently with the Beach cleaning initiative, there was always an underlying feeling that we needed to look at something more sustainable and permanent, something with which we can create a small revolution of sorts in bringing about a change.

And so it came, in the form of two of our most talented artists Nithya and Vijay, both of them hearing and speech challenged, yet one of BOTs biggest shining stars for the resilience with which they fought against many odds to today deliver some of the best work for the biggest Hollywood Movies across the world. With over 5 years of experience today both Nithya and Vijay have become the pillars of our Roto and Paint departments, and we thought why not use all their experience and expertise in the VFX field spread this joy of creating magic (VFX) to several others who are challenged like them. So was born what we believe is perhaps one of the most incredible ideas for us – the 1st ever ‘Build-a-BOT Internship Program’ exclusively for the hearing and speech challenged.

“Time and again we miss acknowledging that all this isn’t possible without the trust and support of our amazing clients and the faith, belief and patience of our Sups, Leads, Artists and Support teamsA big thank you to all those who make such incredible dreams possible!” remarks Sreyans, co-founder of BOT VFX

Starting up with a batch of over 7 such Individuals with training done by none other than Nithya and Vijay using sign languages, the Internship is already underway into its 4th week, and if one had to go by reviews, the bunch is doing amazingly well and likely to hit production in a few weeks time.

“When the Idea first came up, I just jumped in joy, because this would perhaps be the most fulfilling role for me ever, I can understand the pain one goes through to get settled in life, however, in its truest sense VFX has been the magic for mine and I just hoped that I could pass on the knowledge to several others who could make a career out here” says Nithya communicating with us by writing on a piece of paper. Vijay her colleague with similar challenges and himself a BOT veteran remarked through a thumbs up “There just cannot be anything better! If we can successfully carry this, this will really make a lot of people who have had challenges in hearing and speech really believe in themselves and their ability to be completely independent”

Deepak, co-founder of BOT VFX quips “Our collective dream is to have India’s first VFX team fully managed and run by the challenged and we are not very far from there” And, we couldn’t agree more, that truly “Magic has no language”- and this drive by the BOT team is sure to create another young generation of independent and amazingly creative artists for the industry!

News coverage by the Deccan Chronicle: Disability doesn’t deter their passion for work, Deccan Chronicle, 30th OCT 2016

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BOTs at THE COASTAL CLEAN UP DRIVE

The early morning chirping of birds, the light breeze, a small drizzle, a rainbow just appearing out of nowhere creating a wow and an exclamation of Joy! While these are things most of us have experienced as Children, it is hard to guess if the coming generation would ever get to experience the bliss of nature, if the current rate of pollution continues unabated.  It’s a given that our kids and the coming generations would be deprived of enjoying the lap of mother nature as we did.

Deepak remarks  that as the saying goes “Worrying is like rocking in a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere”, the BOTs decided to give all the pessimism a miss and look forward towards doing our part to make a difference and as is very famously coined term by the great Mahatma Gandhi “BE THE CHANGE”.

On the 20th of June’2016 the BOTs joined hands with the Chennai Trekking Club which organised a massive Cleaning exercise across the length and breadth of the Chennai’s coastal area spreading from the Marina to Uthandi. A sizeable bunch of BOTs gave the early morning blues a big punch of enthusiasm and were up and ready at 6am, to do our bit to conserve Nature.

Allotted the picturesque Besant Nagar beach by the Organisers, incidentally also BOTs favourite venue to play Volleyball, the clean-up began sharp at 6am. From glass bottles to cans, from plastic packets to cleaning up the food waste from the night before, this was one humungous yet satisfying task. As we went about cleaning the wide open area –  a range of emotions stuck each one of the BOTs;

Viswanathan, one of our roto lead quotes “This to me in an indirect reflection or mirror in some ways; As I cleaned, I realised how we commit several mistakes which we could easily avoid to better conserve our nature. The whole clean-up exercise was quite an eye opener and I am glad to have been a part of it”

Whereas Mahesh, Anand, Ganesh, Satish, Balaji and Prashanth who had co-ordinated the efforts from the BOTs side remarked that this activity filled all of us with a sense of pride, that every BOT was upto the task with a smile, a smile of happiness and joy that he or she could be a part of “BEING THE CHANGE” we want to see.

Just for the stat buffs, this amazing exercise organised by the Chennai Trekking Club (CTC) meant that more than 4500 volunteers from 140 organisations were part of the exercise and 38 tonnes of waste was collected from 20 kms of Beaches and the great part 56% of this was recycled. Thank you Balaji and the other CTC members for making BOTs a part of this Coastal Cleaning Drive!

 

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Chennai Floods: Rains may have won the battle, but Humanity wins the War!

Nature’s fury, despondency, helplessness, gloom, destruction … if these were the words the #ChennaiFloods started with, nearly a week later after the biggest rainfall in nearly 100 years which crippled and brought life to a complete standstill, every Chennaite would today proudly say that, more than the destruction they wrought, these floods shall always be remembered as the triumph of the indomitable spirit of humanity in face of the most severe adversity.

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Be it risking one’s own life to save many more, sharing our own homes with the homeless or distributing food and essentials in waist-deep water, be it connecting relatives with their missing ones or donating with our hearts wide open, going sleepless for days together so that every single soul out there could be saved, the tales of extraordinary human spirit are endless. While tragedy struck, it brought with it together a response of brotherhood, compassion and love unparalleled in recent memory to any of the younger generation. The city saw in its people in its adversity the biggest example of unity in diversity where the only religion was humanity.

From all of us at BOT, this is just to say we salute the Spirit of this Amazing City and we would sure soon be Alive and Kicking in doing what we do best – creating magic of the highest quality and continuing to make our city and country proud, because the efforts of several unsung heroes of the past few days deserves this and more, truly rains have won the battle but Humanity has won the war!

To all the BOTs: Thank you for showing exceptional courage and resilience in helping out each other. Each one of your accounts shall be credited with an additional amount of ₹ 10,000/- to support your needs in helping recover from the floods. For those who have been unaffected, kindly use this additional amount to help the others or contribute to the BOT Relief Fund. Let us all BOTs be the Champions in doing our bit in bringing a smile back to every Chennaite’s face.

To the World – Vanakkam (Hello in Tamil) – Chennai & The BOTs are Back to Work!


We have set up a Base Camp to support the relief measures and medical camps from our Guindy Office. You can get in touch with our BOT Projects Team by calling on the numbers listed below or by  filling the form below if you are in need of help, or are ready to offer help.

#ChennaiRainHelp