It is a known fact that renowned director and production designer Omung Kumar is a great filmmaker and art director besides also being a fabulous anchor. However, what many are unaware about is the fact that he has a very soft side for dogs too. Being an out-and-out dog lover, the filmmaker is an ardent lover of strays and abandoned pets.
Showcasing this side of his, the filmmaker has decided to design the 2019 AMTM (Animal Matters To Me) fundraising calendar. AMTM is an NGO in Mumbai committed to the welfare of stray dogs, cats, birds and all kinds of species with the goal to bring all the animals together, especially the ones which are in a bad shape, old, sick, blind or handicapped. Omung and his wife Vanita have been constantly supporting AMTM silently for the past eight years.
On being approached to design this year’s calendar, Omung immediately agreed as he believes that with this association, he could express his love for the dogs in the smallest way possible. Thus the filmmaker has gone ahead to paint the actual rescues in the AMTM rehab facility.
Says Omung, “We are designing this year’s AMTM calendar. My wife Vanita and I are attached to AMTM for the past eight years. Vanita is hands-on attached with AMTM’s. The work they both do for our four-legged friends is commendable. So when they asked me whether I would be interested in designing this year’s calendar, I readily agreed. I wanted to make it special and not just use photographs to make the calendar. And the thought of painting each and every picture in my style dawned on me to make it more special. So I’m back to my old love which is painting. By selling these calendars, we would be helping AMTM and all the animals that are there. Post that, I would be auctioning the original paintings too.”
All the proceeds generated from the 10,000 printed copies will go to the AMTM rehab centre in Mumbai and the upcoming sanctuary in Kolad, Maharashtra. Each sold calendar will aid five animals in need. Priced at a cost-friendly and humble price, the desktop calendar will further feature Omung’s autograph.