Melbourne Discovers Big Indian Picture of Film Experiments

A brothel, built on the border of the erstwhile East Pakistan and India, becomes the centre of woman-power in a ruthless struggle for freedom in India’s Independence. Rajkahani, a film by director Srijt Mukherji promises to be more than a Partition story. It will be screened at the Indian Film Festival Melbourne (11 to 21 August). The festival, an initiative of the Government of Victoria is screening 50 films in 17 different Indian languages across various Melbourne venues. Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Mohenjo Daro will have its world-premiere there.

The narratives revolve around issues concerning women empowerment and social justice, alongside pleasing cinematography. Some of the films to be screened are ‘Parched’ by Leena Yadav; ‘Rajkahini’ by Srijit Mukherji; ‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’ by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy; ‘Saving Face’ by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Daniel Junge; ‘Silence in the Courts’ by Prasanna Vithanage; ‘Angry Indian Goddesses’ by Pan Nalin; ‘Kothanodi (The River of Fables)’ by Bhaskar Hazarika.

Parched stars Radhika Apte and two other women; a widow, a wife and a prostitute. Rajkahini portrays the lives of men and women in a brothel where a serious issue, Partition, makes a critical, original, sharp and witty story. Angry Indian Goddesses is scintillatingly funny, a feminist take on the situation of women in modern India. The River of Fables is based on a collection of Assamese bedtime tales and is directed by Bhaskar Hazarika.

Featured image: A still from Angry Indian Goddesses