They use stop-motion animation, movies and digital drawings to doc recollections of a small city, their love for Indian avenue meals and Bollywood music
The Instagram deal with @bohrasisters soaks you in nostalgia. The endearing stop-motion animation movies and GIFs on the web page are created by siblings Sakina and Zainab Sabunwala. Family, childhood, meals, tradition, and Hindi movie songs function in their movies that are a mixture of digital and hand drawings; a lot of it impressed by personal experiences.
Members of the Dawoodi Bohra group with their roots in Udaipur, Rajasthan, the siblings now work from two continents — Sakina from San Francisco within the US and Zainab from Kuwait in West Asia. MetroPlus caught up with them over an e-mail interview, with the situation that they might not share their pictures. “We have always felt comfortable in not sharing our pictures on any of our platforms. It gives a sense of freedom,” says Sakina, the elder sister, a mom of three.
Although each of them studied engineering in Bengaluru, they selected to not make a profession out of it. Zainab began working for a advertising agency as soon as she moved out of Bengaluru and obtained launched to animation there; Sakina has all the time been obsessed with artwork and craft. “We are both full-time artists now. All the work is done through video calls, which is quite challenging,” they are saying.
They began utilizing social media handles from 2015 to showcase their artwork. “Gradually, people started appreciating our work and began approaching us with paid projects. That is when we took it up full time,” Sakina says.
Talking in regards to the personal touch in their posts, the sisters say that their web page is a dedication to their grandparents and their days in India. One of their first movies was about serving to their mom within the kitchen. The terrace the place their grandmother fed the pigeons, her day by day battle to save lots of her laundry from the crows, home-cooked meals, roadside vegetable distributors, the colors and tradition of Rajasthan…all the pieces has been celebrated in their works.
“We wanted to showcase our fond childhood memories, we feel almost everyone can relate to them. We moved from West Asia to India during the Gulf War for a few years and enjoyed our grandparents’ company. Our dadaji (grandfather) had high diabetes but would still sneak in gulab jamuns in his pockets for us and would eat them too. And our nani (maternal grandmother) always made sure to save malai (cream) for us,” remembers Sakina.
The movies additionally function lovable characters similar to Mohan uncle and Bhola chaiwala, Laloo who runs a pav bhaji stall, Aachi mausi… a few of them fictitious names.
“But the incidents portrayed in our videos are real. One of our favourite uncles was the one who used to sell coffee on his bicycle in a small town of Galiyakot near Udaipur. We would always go to him with our dadaji. Every morning, he used to get coffee in a small container on his bicycle and leave for home once he sold all of it. A plate of coffee (a little bigger than the normal plate) for one rupee! But we feel he used to sell much more than just coffee there. That love has always stayed with us. And that is exactly what we try to showcase in all our videos, be it going to street-side vendors for some delicious pakoras or our ice-creamwala. You won’t come by such connections in the malls and food courts visits in today’s world,” says Zainab, who has a daughter.
Being “hardcore foodies and fans of Indian street food and mithais”, meals is integral in their movies. Samosas, sheer khurma, jalebis, corn, Banarasi meetha paan, ice lolly, bun maska and chai of Parsi cafes, ‘Gulnaaz begum’s exotic gulkand (rose petal jam) at doorsteps of Ajmer Sharif”, D’zousa aunty’s plum cake… are among those mentioned in their videos.
As a garnish, they add an evergreen Hindi song to each video. “We have grown up listening to Hindi music, thanks to our parents. They used to play them on tape recorders while going about their chores,” Sakina says. While her favourite is ‘Aayega aane wala’ from Mahal, Zainab’s is ‘Oh Mere Sona Re’ from Teesri Manzil. Videos devoted to Bollywood films, actors, dialogues and scenes have additionally been put up.
They make stop-motion movies, illustrations and doodles for each firms and personalised, commissioned tasks. Customised works embody invitation movies and these for advertising merchandise. Their newest massive model collaboration has been with the IPL workforce Kolkata Knight Riders. “We got our first commissioned project from Pelli Poola Jada (bridal and wedding accessories line). Igers Rajasthan (Instagram community in Rajasthan) gave us commissioned work when we had just started. Art is so versatile. So we are not sure if we can still be called professional artists as there is always a learning curve and room to grow,” they add.
Some of the movies are devoted to social causes, similar to supporting the woman baby, stopping meals wastage and encouraging native companies. A video that went viral on Women’s Day highlighted the necessity to educate the woman baby.
“We started this project as a way to share smiles and happiness through our videos. Now that more people know about us, we feel it is our responsibility to at least shed light and bring awareness about these issues. This would be the first step towards a happy society. Our intention is still the same — to spread happiness in every way possible,” they log off.
Besides Instagram, observe the siblings on Facebook (BohraSisters) and YouTube (Bohra Sisters)
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