Friday, March 29, 2013
Film In Bengali On Delhi Gang Rape Titling "Nirbhoya"
A Bengali film-maker inspired by the December protests over gang rape of a 23-year old trainee psychotherapist in New Delhi is hoping his film will help change people's mind-set. "What I want to say through my film is that anti-rape laws or street protests can not stop a social menace." said Milan Bhowmik. "It is also about the conscious of people which needs to be changed" He told in an interview. Five men a teenager were put on trial for December 16 assault in which the student was gang raped and severely beaten in a moving bus before she and a male friend were thrown out. The girl died of internal injuries in a Singapore hospital two weeks later. Mainstream Indian medias did not identify the victim, referring to her only as "Nirbhoya", a Hindi wortd meaning 'Fearless'. Thousands of people held protests and rallies for days, condemning the police for not poreventing such crimes and demanding desath penalities for the assailants. Bhowmik's film in Bengali titling "Nirbhoya" , is based on media reports of the incident and his meeting with the victim's family, although the film will have fictional charcters in West Bengal. Bhowmik said the film would have the shots of cruising bus through the streets of New Delhi and passing through several police checkpoints. The alleged ring leader the gang rape case was found dead in his prison cell earlier this month but there is no plan to feature Ram Singh's appparent suicide in the film. While the film maker is little known outside West Bengal, the cast of "Nirbhoya" includes Soumitra Chatterjee, winner of the 2008 national award for best actor. " I think my film tries to offer every question that is raised about rape", he said.