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ANTARDWAND: Dilemma of hinterland coming to fore

August 25, 2010 05:49:54 PM IST
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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It has been one of the worst kept secrets of the country, which aspires to become a developed nation, where in the state of Bihar the prospective grooms are kidnapped and married off to the girls forcefully. If one were to study the migration of youth to different colleges in Delhi after passing out from the secondary schools, apart from better education, to escape being kidnapped and forcefully married has always been an overbearing consideration for the parents. It has taken quite a long time for the practice to form a part of cinematic oeuvre, but better late than never, and ANTARDWAND indeed, is one of the existentialist dilemmas that the parents and boys of Bihar have been battling with for quite a long time. No wonder, the producer, Dr. Romen Jha hails from Bihar and is in an enviable position to bring out one of the worst kept secrets of the country on to the screens of cinema.

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Coming in the wake of PEEPLI [LIVE] it again is a reality for the youth of other states of the country, who may blissfully be aware of this cathartic reality that still exists in our country. ANTARDWAND is again a film which does not have known faces but it relies on performances from the actors to underline the point. The only recognizable face in the cinema include Vinay Pathak and Akhilendra Mishra while all over actors are unknown faces, so the content is the king in ANTARDWAND. When PVR is producing ANTARDWAND, it in itself is an indication about the impactful nature of content that has been picked up.

Cinema cannot survive only on multiplexes and first day audience, it has to travel to the countryside and films like ANTARDWAND and PEEPLI [LIVE] indeed are such signposts on the path to cinematic journey of our country.

Democraticisation of cinema would take a monumental step forward, as here is a film that is going to be viewed at least in UP, Bihar and parts of Bengal with great interest as these are the areas which have experienced the worst trauma arising out of the forced marriage. Underlining feature of such forced marriages is the fact that the girl and boy after being married are locked into a room and are not allowed to come out till the marriage is consummated. Shot in the natural surroundings, to provide the real effect, ANTARDWAND is indeed a film worth waiting for.

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