Jungle Mahal violence to be captured on celluloid

Press Trust of India Kolkata | Updated on November 15, 2012

The turbulence in Jungle Mahal, comprising three districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia, during the Maoist heyday will now be captured on celluloid.

Young director Sanghamitra Choudhury, who is making the docu-feature, said that her film would confine itself to projecting the impact of the long Maoists-security forces conflict on the residents of the area.

“My film “Chhaya Juddho” (shadow fight) deals with the human side of the situation, for which I have interacted with local residents many of whom belong to various committees in the Maoist hotbed.”

The movie would centre around a man loosely based on the real life character of a slain top Maoist leader, but in another name.

The character of a surrendered woman Maoist leader, who shares the surname with the dreaded real life Maoist leader Jagori Baske, also crops up in the movie. “We have changed the names for certain reasons. In the movie we have not sought to preach from the pulpit, but endeavoured to find reply from the common man’s perspective,” Chaudhuri explained.

Published on November 15, 2012

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