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Clone Cricket Challenge

In 2020, when the pandemic hit, sport too had to be discontinued for months. To safeguard and protect sport, specifically cricket, against any future calamity, the ICC has now partnered with the BCCI and come up with a new format which is being experimented for the first time. By cloning a player multiple times and dividing the clones into both teams, cricket can now be played from home. The success of this experiment could change the world, let alone cricket or sport. An Indian cricketer becomes the first one to be cloned.

  • Arjun Lalbhai
  • Arjun Lalbhai
  • Arjun Lalbhai
  • Arjun Lalbhai
    Key Cast
  • Ashwin Bhat
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    Sprots, Drama, Sci-fi, Short
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    17 minutes 15 seconds
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    May 5, 2021
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    1,000 USD
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Director Biography - Arjun Lalbhai

Arjun Lalbhai was born and brought up in Ahmedabad, India. In 2010, he completed his undergrad from Babson College and subsequently completed his MBA from Rutgers University in 2014. He returned to India and founded a coffee brand called 'Caffè Romulus and then set up a tortilla chip manufacturing line in India. That lead to the launch of his tortilla chip brand in India called 'All that's Good'. By 2016, he had launched another tortilla chip brand in the US called 'AL Chipino'. In 2021, we founded another company in India named 'Evolving Roots' which has forayed into progressive agriculture and will concentrate on demand driven farming.

He was always interested in film making. However, it was the time spent at home during covid that led him to take up a challenging project and teach himself the nuances of film making, acting and editing.

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Director Statement

Film making is one of my passions alongside cricket. I am a self-taught filmmaker but having always remained occupied with my other businesses, I have not had a chance to concentrate on what I love doing. During covid, however, while staying at home, I taught myself the advanced techniques through online courses. I challenged myself to another level and with just a smartphone, tripod and a green screen, I was able to pull off this cricket based sports film which stars myself in multiple roles.

My idea was based on the premise of 'play from home' similar to how the world has learnt to work from home. That concept was elevated by adding the idea of clones of the same player playing at home with and against each other. My belief in the idea was strong and hence I scripted the storyline around that. The toughest part was the filming itself because I did not have the required filming equipment for a project of this nature. With just a smartphone, tripod and green screen, I still managed to pull this off. The editing was equally difficult but as I simultaneously learnt how to edit, I grew more and more confident about the limitless possibilities. As in the film, I took up multiple roles myself in the process of filmmaking too. I am very proud of this achievement.