The film was shot in the boys’ centre of SPYM, narrating the story of nine- year-old Sai. He represents the many kids in the centre who have lost their innocence to drugs, but are trying to regain control of their lives and resume schooling.
The film also follows former addict and volunteer Akram. When he was eight, he boarded a train while under the influence of drugs. Ten years later, he still wishes to return home. However, he doesn’t have any way of knowing where his family is.
Our main aim is to raise awareness of how big the issue is and how little the government is doing this, the severity of the problem and why a simple three-month detox at the centre is not enough. It is our hope that people will understand what it is like to live the life of a young drug addict, and to humanise this community of people that are often overlooked by those more privileged than they are.
SPYM runs one of only five centres in Delhi that focus on the rehabilitation of kids addicted to drugs. This is in contrast to the high number of drug users, as drugs have become so accessible in the area. The kinds of drugs used by the kids range from weed, to whiteners and smack (heroin).
Kids are brought to the centre after they are caught doing drugs by police, or by the kids’ parents. Many times the kids are from the streets, coming from smaller towns and cities near Delhi. These kids have experienced the unbearable craving for drugs and have suffered withdrawal from it. They have also experienced the death of friends and the loss of family.
The government provides for rent and medication, but the organisation depends mostly on donations to fund their program. Minimal funding leads to problems in sanitation and nutrition. There are very few bathrooms shared by so many kids, and in the winter, the kids do not have heaters to keep warm. They also get the same basic meals of dal and rice, every day.