Girish spent a lot of time reading and researching on low cost effective lighting. He came up basic lighting kit,which we called the JUGAAD kit,that included couple of 500 watt halogen lights, 100 watt household lights, couple of Chinese lights, some light filters.This JUGAAD kit was invaluable and saved us a lot of lighting cost. We ended up lending this kit many micro budget film makers who didn’t have budget to hire high end lighting equipment for free.
With most of the money spent on lights we could hardly afford trolleys or cranes. As substitute we used simple tricks ,for example for trolley effect on a on the smooth surface we used a moderately big piece of cloth and placed the tripod on top it .With a slight pull to the cloth ,the tripod moved smoothly to give a trolley effect or alternatively we powdered the track that we chalked out for the trolley movement and used the tripod to slide over it. However these tricks were easier said than done. They were extremely difficult to maneuver,but thats what people say practice makes it perfect. For crane shots ,well we didn’t have one :).But for shots that needed to be taken from top we mostly used aluminium ladder. We found many innovative ways of making steady cams on internet,which we used for our advantage.