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SKDF is Controversial: RE: documentary on Satyendra Dubey : Minnie Vaid

SKDF: RE: documentary on Satyendra Dubey : Minnie Vaid

From: “S K Dubey Foundation” <>

To: “‘Sucheta Dalal'” <>, “‘Minnie Vaid'” <>
CC:, Send an Instant Message,,, “‘Shailesh Gandhi'” <>, “‘Sudhir Badami'” <>,,,,,, ge
Subject: RE: documentary on Satyendra Dubey : Minnie Vaid
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2006 19:36:29 +0100

Hi Sucheta,

It is disappointing to learn that you also believe that the foundation is controversial. For last three years, I have donated thousands of hours to sustain the fight and to keep the fight alive, only to hear this from respected members of society. I only have two hands and limited hours and therefore not able to reply to thousand of baseless emails, resulting in some people spreading vindictive rumors. The foundation has always been transparent and foundation’s tax-returns are available at the website. Based on the advice of board members and lawyers, I was told that keeping the website updated with the latest tax returns is all that is required. Therefore, it will not be reasonable to blame the foundation.

Minnie knows how we have worked together for more than one year to come to a stage from where it seems that the documentary will be a reality. I have been working hard to raise funds for the documentary for last one year. We will complete the documentary and will also distribute it worldwide. Once again, these are the same people (who have created obstacles before) raising baseless allegations and yet again trying to thwart a sincere effort. I leave this to you and others what to make out of it.

The foundation is funding the documentary and once again I have distributed the budget via foundation’s yahoogroup and other electronic groups, keeping it transparent. I have also attached it here for those who are “concerned” about the transparency.

As I mentioned before, I am writing this email to make foundation’s stand clear and to stand beside Minnie who has been very brave to come out and help the foundation. Neither I nor Minnie will have time to reply to every individual email.



From: Sucheta Dalal []
Sent: Monday, September 18, 2006 4:35 PM
To: Minnie Vaid;
Cc:; Sucheta Dalal;;;; Shailesh Gandhi; Sudhir Badami;;;;;;;
Subject: Re: documentary on satyendra dubey : minnie vaid

Hi  everybody

Minnie Vaid is a friend, former hostelmate and colleague. Personally, I think her documentary on Satyendra Dubey  will probably be the only lasting thing to come out of this now controversial foundation.

It is such a pity that Minnie’s efforts — partly at her own cost — have been dragged into the mess. For this I blame those who are in charge of the foundation and have not been very transparent in the past.

It is now upto all of us to ensure that Minnie is able to get the funding (raised from people around the world who were horrified at Satyendra Dubey’s death and humbled by his courage) to complete her film.

We must also ensure that it is widely distributed and seen by everybody who cares for the truth — even if it means getting on to a more non-controversial platform.

I hope Dhananjay takes note of this and makes the effort to respond to Minnie’s email. His changing stance on the controversy over funds does no credit to his brother’s memory. He must come forward now and vouch for what Minnie has said in public and also ensure that her film is out in the public domain in the quickest possible time. If anyone has Dhananjay’s email ID please forward my email to him.



Minnie Vaid <> wrote:

dear all,

i am the film maker who is making a documentary on satyendra dubey and am appalled that it is being called ” cheap and politically motivated” by people who have not bothered to clarify the matter with me.

let me introduce myself….i am a documentary television journalist with 22 years experience in the print and electronic media….i have worked with the Times of India group, India Today group, Business India group and Star Plus….i have a reputation as a committed and good film maker and would like to preserve the same…..

here are the facts as i know them….

1) i had approached skdf after checking their website on the Net and wrote to ashutosh aman who was listed as the person to contact…..two years ago. I discussed the possibility of doing a documentary with him and also sent him a detailed brief and rough cost of  a 1 hour documentary…..that cost was roughly US 18,000 dollars.

a whole year passed and he told me skdf was not able to generate that amount, following which i submitted a proposal for a half hour documentary , with absolute basic costs, and sent the proposal for Rs 4,05000.

Out of this amount i have received Rs 2,20,000 for the shoot which begins this 23rd Sept…..i hve personally not charged skdf ONE single rupee for the work done by me over 2 years, researching and calling up people in Bihar and Delhi, for the film.

In fact, last year, i attended satyendra”s sister Kusum”s wedding in shahpur, sivan,bihar, and shot a few scenes on my personal handicam,which i will be using in the film also.


2) since i am a journalist of repute, i could have got funding for this film on my own, after approaching shekhar gupta of the Indian Express, whom i know professionally and personally and it would have been much quicker to do so.

But, i wanted the film on skd to start with the words…..” the family and friends of skdubey and the SKDF presents…..” and that is why i ahve been working, without encouragement from anyone and without payment, for the last 2 years, on this project. I hve also refused other lucrative offers of films in the last 4 months so that this film could be completed before the 3rd death anniversary on nov 27.

it is certainly not motivated by any “cheap or political” agenda……i would like to get a reply from those who have alleged this, without checking with me or my credentials.

3) what skdf has done with their funds collected so far and how they have spent or  ” looted” it, is not my concern and i have no knowledge of the same.

i am only and have always been, interested in making a great film on skd since i read the express articles 3 years ago.THAT IS MY ONLY AGENDA and pl note that my fee for the entire project is less than what i will be paying the technicians for this film, and it is a quarter of what i normally charge for direction of a half hour film.

i have not billed skdf for any of the expenses i have personally incurred while researching and doing pre-production of this film….i will post the entire budget break-up of the total amount of the film, ie Rs 4,05000 (four lakhs and five thousand, only) for anyone who is interested.

my mobile no is 98200-71666 and email id is



pl also check with dhananjay dubey who has been in touch with me over 2 years and who addresses me as Didi, and who has met me personally in mumbai….he will answer all allegations on whether i am ” exploiting the soul ” of his brother satyendra.

i would like a reply to this mail before i leave for the shoot on sept 21.

minnie vaid

708 B Sunshine bldg, Raheja Vihar, Powai, Mumbai 72

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September 19, 2006 - Posted by | Ashutosh Aman Mishra

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