Bollywood film on witch hunting to highlight cruelty against women

  • SD Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 28, 2015 14:12 IST

“None of the performing or visual arts have influenced the life and living of the Indians in the world like the Bollywood film industry. As such, I preferred to air my views on the rampant social evil of ailing women of the country in the orthodox society,” said Myanak Srivastav, director of a socially relevant feature film, ‘Kala Sach—The Black Truth’, which is scheduled to release on August 7.

Lead actor Himani Shivpuri, icon actor of top TV serials, was also present.

Himani Shivpuri shared woman had been extolled as an angle and a boon of prosperity in the world as enunciated in our epics and scriptures.

Based on a true story, the film, produced by Jitendra Soni, highlights the cruelty and inhumane treatment to the women in the name of witch hunting. Though an old-age ritual, it has been used for exploiting women on petty excuses in twelve states of the country, despite the country gained independence in 1947, said Himani.

The film also highlights the social system and political laxity of not framing tough laws to abolish the menace. Surprisingly, The Centre, after 68 years of independence, has still not made a central law to overcome the problem, she added.

Mayank was hesitant to delineate the whole story, which might diminishes the interest of the viewers but he disclosed the unit took an elaborate interest in the research for two years before planning the socio-cultural venture.

“The vested interested affluent persons devise how best the girls with a good property can be identified and kept under a scanner, only to prove that she is basically practicing witchcraft,” said Mayank. The episodes in the 150-minute film are based on true stories, he added.

After Raja Ram Mohan Roy’s endevour of challenging the rituals of ‘Sati’, the film, ‘Kala Sach’ could be an eye opener for the society, claimed Renu Mathur, a crew member.

Meanwhile, Himani Shivpuri, who plays the Bhagtin, shared her role was not only challenging but also meaningful for the women fraternity and the society.

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