Upcoming films on human trafficking

Lakshmi is a docudrama on rampantly prevalent human trafficking and child prostitution in India. Directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, this offbeat Bollywood movie penetrates the underbelly of sex trafficking in the rural backwaters of India, through a story of ordeal that a rural girl, Lakshmi, goes through when she is trapped, kidnapped, victimized, raped, beaten and forced into prostitution in a men’s world. The real life stories of a few victims of human trafficking, rescued and sheltered by some NGOs, inspired Nagesh Kukunoor to adapt such bitter slices of life into frames of the reel. Lakshmi has already won the Audience Award at the Palms Springs International Festival. The movie is releasing on 21st March. Nagesh Kukunoor is best known for his film Dor, one of the best women-oriented Bollywood movies.

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The stories of human trafficking for sex and labor have inspired many a foreign director to make documentaries. The unspeakable plight of a young girl, who is trafficked from Nepal and forced into prostitution in the seedy brothels of Kolkata, in the novel “Sold” by Patricia McCormick is the latest story to have inspired director Jeffrey D. Brown from Uganda. He has adapted the novel into an English feature film by the same name, which stars Tilottama Shome who is a favorite of film critics for her roles in Monsoon Wedding and Gangor. The Oscar-winning director Jeffrey D. Brown has also cast Parambrata Chatterjee, a Bengali actor, and Priyanka Bose in the lead. Parambrata Chatterjee rose to Bollywood fame with Kahaani starring Viday Balan, and Priyanka Bose has notably acted in several offbeat films such as Gangor directed by Italo Spinelli and Gulaab Gang director by Soumik Sen.

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