Broken but Beautiful – Live at the Bandra Film Festival

Life & Living of sex workers as portrayed in films is just about as far as you can get from the truth.

Bandra Film Festival (BFF), a digital film festival presented by Filmkaravan in collaboration with YouTube will be showcasing two poignant films based on life & vicissitudes of sex workers under the theme ‘Broken but Beautiful’.

The first film is Tikli & Laxmi Bomb stars Chitrangada Chakraborty, Vibhawari Deshpande, Saharsh Kumar Shukla and directed by Aditya Kripalani. The 2 hours 13-minute-long film is about two sex workers who decide to kick men out of the system and form a cooperative that runs the business for women and by women.

Speaking about the lineup of films, Pooja Kohli Taneja, Artistic Director of Bandra Film Festival, stated, “Broken but Beautiful captures feminism. It is a theme that showcases lives of perhaps the most oppressed women in our society yet how empowered they are to really fight the system. We are really a lucky lot, to sit back, sip our coffee and talk about feminism. The women who face oppression on a regular basis, standing up for their rights is a very different ball game. Through Broken but Beautiful we would like to salute these women for their exemplary resilience and strength to not only endure but to strive for change”.

The second film Bahadur: The Accidental Brave is a Nepali film acted and directed by Aditya Seth. The film talks about labor migration to India.  Many Nepalese migrant workers are susceptible to high risk sexual behavior and end up contracting HIV. Far West Nepal from where maximum labor migration to Mumbai happens is reeling under the impact of an HIV micro epidemic. This documentary is an in depth look into the brave Nepalese migrants’ life in a social, economic and political context.

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‘Tuhya Dharma Koncha?'(What’s your religion?) Movie Review: A moving portrayal of an important subject

The term ‘Adivasi(Adi+vasi)’ in itself can be translated to ‘original inhabitants’. But these original inhabitants of India, that number to approx. 67.7 million currently, have been systematically exploited for centuries now. This is held as the primary reason for the Naxalite movement and is a fact accepted by our Prime Minister too. Adivasis have been living indigenously in forests for generations together but there is no dearth of parties trying to encroach on their land. Their exploitation is supposed to have begun when the British with their colonial mindset declared themselves owners of all forest land in India, turning the Adivasis into encroachers overnight. If anything, their troubles have only increased now.

Writerdirector Satish Manwar had burst into the Marathi cinema scene with his extra-ordinary film Gabhricha Paus on the farmer’s suicides in Vidarbha, Maharashtra. He has again tried to deal with an unusual, but relevant and powerful subject of the exploitation of the Adivasis in the northern region of Maharashtra called Khandesh, in ‘Tuhya Dharma Koncha?’(What’s your religion?). However, he doesn’t focus on the encroachment of land by private forces, a regular occurrence in the news these days. Instead, rather interestingly, the film throws light on how the Pagan Adivasis are pulled in all four corners by dominant religious forces and even mishandled and disrespected by the government which has no understanding of their indigenous ways of life.Continue reading “‘Tuhya Dharma Koncha?'(What’s your religion?) Movie Review: A moving portrayal of an important subject”

Trailer of Marathi Movie- Tuhya Dharma Koncha

From the producers of Pune 52 ( IME Motion Pictures along with Sprint Art Creations Pvt.Ltd ) and writer-director Satish Manwar ( of Gabricha Paus fame ), comes Tuhya Dharma Koncha ( What’s your Religion? ) which was awarded by the Hubert Bals Fund for Script Devlopment, from the International Film Festival of Rotterdam.  Continue reading “Trailer of Marathi Movie- Tuhya Dharma Koncha”