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Aye Khuku Aye directed by Sauvik Kundu, is a soul-stirring film about a young-teen girl Buri and her father Nirmal.
The year that just went by, witnessed several soul-stirring flicks from Tollywood. One of them, Sauvik Kundu’s Aye Khuku Aye, garnered immense popularity.
The female protagonist Buri is a delight to watch. She is essentially humane, which endears her to the viewers. Simple and good-natured — like most village girls in fiction — the motherless Buri played by Ditipriya Roy of Rani Rashmoni tele-serial fame!
Buri lavishes all her love and affection on her father played by Tollywood superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee, his character Nirmal Mondol though majorly unsuccessful as professional stage actor and hence is suffering financially, finds solace and joy in their mutual relationship.
The enterprising teenager supplements Papa’s earnings by making and selling homemade pickles and bori — dried lentil dumplings, hugely popular in Bengali kitchens. She is keen to learn to dancing and be a performer like her father, but in the teeth of her dad’s opposition — practices secretly.
Enter the local youth Sanjay, played by Rahul Dev Bose, and friendship is fostered between them. Sanjay connects her to a village self-help group, where she begins to earn independently. Moreover, he encourages her to dance. She is both — surprised and delighted when he gives her a spare mobile phone to access the internet.
Things seem fine until the lock-down.
Amidst the spiralling financial crisis, Sanjay betrays the gullible Buri. Heartbroken, ashamed and devastated, she takes her own life, leaving the helpless and hapless father to seek revenge — but he gets ensnared in the manipulations of a ruthless politician played by Sohini Sengupta.
The young Buri thus assumes the dimensions of a tragic heroine whose life is tumultuous with toil and struggle. She yearns for happiness, which unfortunately continues to elude her.
Nevertheless, she refuses to lower the banner of lofty ideals — dutifulness and love, ending up paying through her untimely death.
[If you or someone you know is dealing with suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help immediately.]
Image source: Still from trailer of Aye Khuku Aye, edited on CanvaPro
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Rajshri Deshpande, who played the fiery protagonist in Trial by Fire along with Abhay Deol speaks of her journey and her social work.
Rajshri Deshpande as the protagonist in ‘Trial by Fire’, the recent Netflix show has received raving reviews along with the show itself for its sensitive portrayal of the Uphaar Cinema Hall fire tragedy, 1997 and its aftermath.
The limited series is based on the book by the same name written by Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, who lost both their children in the tragedy. We got an opportunity to interview Rajshri Deshpande who played Neelam Krishnamoorthy, the woman who has been relentlessly crusading in the court for holding the owners responsible for the sheer negligence.
Rajshri Deshpande is more than an actor. She is also a social warrior, the rare celebrity from the film industry who has also gone back to her roots to give to poverty struck farming villages in her native Marathwada, with her NGO Nabhangan Foundation. Of course a chance to speak with her one on one was a must!
“What is a woman’s job, Ramesh? Taking care of parents-in-law, husband, children, home and things at work—all at the same time? She isn’t God or a superhuman."
The arrays of workstations were occupied by people peering into their computer screens. The clicks of keyboard keys were punctuated by the occasional footsteps moving around to brainstorm or collaborate with colleagues in their cubicles. Most employees went about their tasks without looking at the person seated on either side of their workstation. Meenakshi was one of them.
The thirty-one-year-old marketing manager in a leading eCommerce company in India sat straight in her seat, her eyes on the screen, her fingers punching furiously into the keys. She was in a flow and wanted to finish the report while the thoughts and words were coming effortlessly into her mind.
Natu-Natu. The mellifluous ringtone interrupted her thoughts. She frowned at her mobile phone with half a mind to keep it ringing until she noticed the caller’s name on the screen, making her pick up the phone immediately.
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