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Wide acclaim: Real life on reel draws experts’ attention

Real issues are 'in' on celluloid. And filmmakers are delving into 'big' issues, that never fitted Bollywoodians' credo.

patna Updated: Sep 15, 2012 18:18 IST
Reena Sopam

Real issues are 'in' on celluloid. And filmmakers are delving into 'big' issues, that never fitted Bollywoodians' credo. Biharsharif-born Saurabh Kumar has, in a 74-minute big screen presentation, forced many to pause and pursue the impact of child trafficking. He has homed in on real life situations and actual plots, filming them with a rare maturity and dexterity to pose a big question before planners. Can we arrest child trafficking? Saurabh's maiden directorial venture,'Handover' has culled real incidents of sale of children from poor homes.

Shot entirely in Biharsharif town and adjacent villages of Dethpura, Sultanpur, and Milkipar on a shoe string budget of Rs 10 lakh, this brave and realistic film has drawn the attention of the film experts at the festivals held recently in Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Chandigarh. It will shortly be screened by the Cine Society, Patna. "For me film is a platform to discuss current issues. I had gone through a report on sale of a child in a Patna newspaper. It was so disturbing, that I decided to make a movie on the topic," Saurabh said.

Saurabh who went to Delhi to study at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) ended up doing a course at the Asian Academy of Films and TV (AAFT) at Noida. "Many of my friends from JNU, who later joined the AAFT and the Film and Television Institute of India (FTTI), also came forward to work on the project. Most of the actors and technicians in the film are my friends.

"That's how the film could be made cheaper," he adds. The director, who has been working on the topic of corruption as the central theme of his next film, said that getting sponsors for such topics was difficult.

"Who will invest in these kind of projects? There is no guarantee of profit. 'Handover'may never be released in any cinema hall. Even then, I will continue making such films. It offers a life of struggle and satisfaction as well,h Saurabh said. 'Handover' has been produced by Ravi Agrawal.