By Aditi Patwardhan. Posted on March 29, 2016
Sampat Pal Devi's extraordinary movement to eradicate violence against women in a small district of UP immediately caught everyone's attention. 'Gulabi Gang', started by Pal in 2006, brought several mistreated and abused women to justice by thrashing the accused with pink sticks, wearing pink saris.
Coming across as the modern avatars of the Goddess Durga, they became well-known in the Bundelkhand area. Nishtha Jain, an independent filmmaker got inspired and decided to make a documentary on Pal's Gulabi Gang. When Jain started filming for her documentary, Pal was already a revered, known figure. There was another film made on her by Kim Longinotto. Yet, Jain decided to make this film from her own perspective and bringing her own sensibilities to the story. She made an incredibly honest film, which, instead of glorifying the movement superficially, explored various facets and presented a realistic portrayal of the whole movement.
Gulabi Gang was highly appreciated across the globe as well as in India and won several awards, including the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues.
Many of us are highly interested in watching these real life stories of inspiration & valour brought to the big screen, but are often disappointed as there are less than few platforms featuring documentaries and short film formats. However, now you do have a chance to watch the brilliant documentary on the big screen in Pune & also to be a part of an interactive session post-screening with Jain.
Arbhaat Short Film Club, which has been bringing an eclectic mix of lesser known, yet brilliant cinema in short & non-fiction format to the Pune audience consistently for past two years, will be hosting the session. The initiative, which is spearheaded by filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni and screenwriter actor Girish Kulkarni, has showcased interesting films like Abhay Kumar's Placebo and Anand Gandhi's short films previously this year.
The film club aims at showcasing the best films from across the globe as well create awareness among young filmmakers about the expanse of and experimentation happening in cinema. The club has surely shown some beautiful films previously this year as well as in their previous editions. So, what are you waiting for? Become a member and enjoy watching out of the box films, which you wouldn't normally get to watch in the multiplexes. Here are the contact numbers for registration- 9167677801 / 8698319598. You can visit their Facebook page here.
The screening of Gulabi Gang will take place coming Sunday, 3rd April 2016, at 5pm at the National Film Archive of India, Law College Road, Pune. The screening is only open to the members of the Arbhaat Short Film Club, so lose no time to register and become a member of the film club!