Rescuing 7,800 or more girls from the evil tentacles of sex and human trafficking, Sunitha Krishnan, founder of the organisation ‘Prajwala’, had hundreds of tales with her of love, lovelessness, trust, mistrust, cheating, treachery and betrayal. From these, she picked out a couple to spin the story for the film ‘Ente’, which she co-produced with Rajesh Touchriver, who also directed it.
‘Ente’, the film with a daring theme but made as a ‘family thriller’ (as Sunitha says), is all set for a release on January 4.
‘’This is not a film that would preach to you but instead raise some questions. It is also about the emotional status of the girl who is a victim of such unfortunate circumstances. The film is from the perspective of the victim,’’ said Sunitha at a press conference here on Tuesday.
The protagonist Durga is portrayed by Anjali Patil, who was picked from the School of Drama. ‘’It was one of the brilliant scripts that I came across,’’ said Anjali, who was also present at the press conference.
‘’The story is based in Kerala but the crew is from different places. We had Telugu actors, Tamil technicians and in a way the issue is national. I hope people will talk about this and be part of this movement,’’ said Anjali, who had a tough time speaking Malayalam for the film.
Sunitha Krishnan said what she is aiming for with this film was not creating an awareness but an actual social transformation. ‘’I have been threatened and attacked several times over for the work I do. But, recently, there was an attempted acid attack and I thought I should tell my stories to the world,’’ she said.
Rajesh Touchriver said that the film is not a gory dark one but something just right for the family audience.
‘’It tells the story without actually showing all the violence. We thought a full feature film would reach more viewers than a documentary or short film,’’ he said. A larger audience, larger than the one at film festivals is what the director looking for.
‘’I do not want it to be branded as an art or festival film. We need the maximum number of people to see it,’’ said Rajesh.
Apart from Rajesh, Sunita and Anjali, the press conference also had the presence of Anoop Aravindan and Anuradha.