Story of an unwanted girl child

  • Usmeet Kaur, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Apr 12, 2015 18:17 IST

Usmeet Kaur interviews eminent playwright Jatinder Brar, internationally acclaimed director Navtej Sandhu and powerful performer Rana Ranbir, who have collaborated for the first time for the movie.

Eminent playwright Jatinder Brar’s play — Daughter of the bin — is being adapted into a 38-minute, short and intense Punjabi film by award-winning filmmaker Navtej Sandhu. It is for the first time that filmmaker Navtej Sandhu, theatre activist Jatinder Brar and Rana Ranbir, one of the most promising actors of the Punjabi film industry, who is in the lead role, have joined hands for a movie.

“Daughter of the bin” is a film based on unwanted girl child being dumped in a dustbin to be mauled by stray dogs. It is a satirical emotional saga of a girl, Marjani (played by 12-year-old Amritsar girl Simran), who was found and brought up by a homeless destitute (played by Rana Ranbir). Sandhu claims to have made the film within a limited budget of Rs 7 lakh. The story is how Marjani brings happiness in the life of the homeless destitute who brought her up. The film’s world premiere will be held on Mother’s Day (May 10) at Punjab Naatshala in Amritsar.

“I have always been a staunch believer of making a meaningful cinema. My earlier film Nooran, which is based on women empowerment, was the first Punjabi film to enter the 67th Cannes Film Festival, 2014, in a short film corner category. The movie will change the mindset of the people who abandon their daughters,” says Sandhu.

Will trimming the two-anda-half-hour play into a 40-minure film with English subtitles kill its essence, playwright Brar replies: “I believe that theatre has more impact than cinema. But even cinema has its own charm. Being a playwright, it’s important for me to handover my script to a noetic filmmaker and Navtej was my choice.” “It is painful to see people abandoning newborn girls and dumping them in dustbins. I was also inspired by Panghoora, a government-run cradle in Amritsar for abandoned infants,” says Brar.

Sharing his experience, lead actor Rana Ranbir says: “It may be a short film, but its impact would be large. This is the first time I have played such kind of a role where I had to observe homeless people, ragpickers and beggars to learn their expressions and actions. I didn’t comb my hair for 22 days and didn’t wash my face for 13 days to fit the character. The girl child should not be considered a liability. If nurtured properly, the she can prove to be an asset for parents.”

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