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Kaashi: Film promoting Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao to compete at Sundance film fest

Kaashi is the story of a 13-year-old girl who is forced to go for open defecation because of the lack of money and resources.

world cinema Updated: Sep 16, 2017 20:05 IST
HT Correspondent
Kaashi talks about the pressing issues of today’s India.
Kaashi talks about the pressing issues of today’s India.

Filmmaker Tushar Tyagi’s film Kaashi, promoting the Indian government’s Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and Swacch Bharat programmes, is all set to contest at major film festivals including the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

Other than this, Kaashi will also participate in Atlanta Film Festival and Florida Film Festival.

Kaashi is the story of a 13-year-old girl who is forced to go for open defecation because of the lack of money and resources. Her mother wants to provide her a toilet, but the family is struggling with poverty. Such a situation forces Kaashi to participate in a school competition that has a prize money of Rs 2000.

Tushar’s film Gulabee won at the Canada International Film Festival.

Tushar talks about his film, “Not so many people talk about the problems that are being faced by the masses living below poverty line in rural India. It’s the17th year of 21st Century and a high time social issues like these must be addressed. I shot this film in my grandparent’s village where most of the people have not seen a film in a theater all their lives, but the whole village was excited to see how movies are made.”

Engineer-turned-director Tushar has shot his film in Uttar Pradesh’s villages to give it an authentic feel. However, he is not new to filmmaking. His previous films like Lying Is Done With Words, And Also Aith Silence and Gulabee have been acknowledged at many film festivals.