Avtar Bhogal, an Indian-origin film-maker will shortly release his new film on the controversial subject of honour killings among the Indian and Pakistan communities in Britain, a scourge that reportedly leads to the death of at least 12 people every year.
, the film sheds light on the issue of murder in the name of protecting family honour, which has seen an alarming rise in cases across UK and parts of the western world over recent years.
The police estimate up to 12 people are murdered each year in UK in the name of honour, with a further 500 forced into marriage or attacked. The actual number of cases is likely to be higher, but the shroud of secrecy surrounding them means that cases never come to light.
Presented by Ek Onkar Films, the multicultural film is primarily set in London, although the narrative also takes the story to parts of India and Pakistan. Bhogal is known for a series of films dealing with issues related to women.
, Bhogal brings together on screen an accomplished pool of British, Indian and Pakistani acting talent, including Bollywood film industry veteran Prem Chopra, Gulshan Grover and Pakistani acting legend Jawed Sheikh. All the actors in the film were keen to demonstrate their unreserved support in highlighting the global issue of 'honour killings' to audiences around the world, a press release on the film said. The film is scheduled for release later this year.
"Research has shown that victims often feel government authorities have done little to help. Through the film, I would like to forward a humble request to our society to wake up and realize that we need to be involved. No doubt the issue of honour is important but does it justify the killing of a human being solely for the purpose of honour?" said Bhogal.