UNION LEADER is personal project that I felt utterly compelled to make.
The story of UNION LEADER is inspired from real-life events. I spent the first few years of my career as an engineer in chemical plants in India. The plight of the workers was a big revelation and when their attempts to make ends meet fail, the resultant pain and guilt runs deep. These people are everywhere in India and around the world they are victims of generational poverty trapped in an endless cycle of abuse. As these poor workers are struggling to get out of poverty, they become victims of poor health and safety standards existing at their workplace. The sad and inspirational story of Jay in UNION LEADER is told against the backdrop of toxic chemical plants where workers are dying due to exposure to Chromium Sulfate.
I draw inspiration for UNION LEADER from some of the most successful Hollywood movies such as On the Waterfront, Norma Rae, Erin Brockovich, and Michael Clayton.