GHATNA : a feature film about sexual violence against Indian women

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The Film is an homage to victims of such unfortunate incidents across India. Such as the horrific and saddening 2012 "Nirbhaya" case.

Set in the beautiful mountain ranges of the Sahyadri in Central India, a horrific incident (Ghatna) takes place.  GHATNA (Incident) is a serious and powerful narration of a young tribal girl who is brutally raped and murdered by four young urban trekkers. In a bizarre twist of fate, the culprits land up dining and taking shelter in the dead girl's home. And, when the parents discover the truth, they arrive at a chilling reconciliation.

   “An Eye for an Eye will only make the whole World Blind.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

The position women are in Indian society surprises as well as troubles me. It startles me to see the increasing degradation of human values and lack of sympathy, not to mention the increasing assaults on women. It’s not only a "law and order” problem, but it is about the underlying prejudices and stereotypes which surface every time an unfortunate incident of sexual assault takes place.

What MJ said was right  “They don't really care about us…”

To start with, the entire spectrum of governance gears up to become the first and a major stumbling block in preventing the carnage of justice. Starting with the police investigators, no one is really concerned or sympathetic towards the victim of sexual assault. In fact, there seems to be a continuous blame game and shifting the burden of guilt onto the victim! Voices pour out continuous accusing her (the victim) of "Low morals", "Must have done something to deserve it" or the most popular comment "Must have been provocatively dressed". Hence, an endless media circus and continual harassment of the sexually assaulted victim goes on and on.

Into the Potboiler

There is a hypocritical and a perverted attitude towards sexuality, a taboo subject, children or adults cannot really talk to anyone about their sexual desires, needs and fears. Consequently, the issue of sexuality is kept in the dark where it festers and boils, until it erupts in violence against women and children. To top it all, the rage and the lure of consumerism have severely objectified women and their body parts just as one would want any object. We can see future Indian generations are being turned into a society of entitlement, “I want, so I MUST HAVE” without sense or balance.

On the flip side, there is always a possibility that the alleged culprits will be let loose, to continue their assaults on others. Acquittal by the court happens because of the shoddy police investigation or the victims fear of social ostracism. A woman who has lost her honour by being raped often stops herself from reporting the assault.

Once in a while, the perpetrators may find themselves sucked into a huge morass of an enraged public and media trial. The public invariably reacts as a mob engulfed in a vicious circle of hatred fuelled by even more hatred, seeking the death penalty for the rapist. The woman who has been sexually assaulted undergoes a social pariah and so does the culprit. The judicial system, the media and public sentiments ensure that this pariah happens.

Rekindling Humanity!

For me, this film explores and tries to understand the dark side of our psyche, which is increasingly geared towards short term goals and consumerism. There is no real intervention in the direction towards the rehabilitation of the victim or the culprit. After the candlelight vigils are over, only smouldering discontent remains. No one really cares!

Browse through our history or through today’s many scattered social groups and we can still find the spark of love, tolerance, affection and caring for others. We need to re-kindle our curiosity towards our desires, the human body and sexuality in a more open manner

Rahul S. Borse and Jivan Patil

Producers, Jafraan Films
Jāfraan Films is a diversified film production house with a wide range of creative ideas and interests in animation-VFX and Live-Action Films. Simple processes and skilled resources make us a low-cost producer. Thanks to our highly simplified processes and the integrated nature of our work. We are a team of few creatives, 15+ experienced in respective fields. We believe that the idea should be 'big' and 'strong'. Rest all will find its way.

Shifa Maitra
Creative Consultant
Fame Digital Private Limited (#fame), A media professional who is media agnostic. Enjoys working across media from Film to TV to Radio to Print. Have led teams, being responsible for P & L and see the creative solutions as my forte. Shifa has worked with top media hubs such as Colosceum Media Pvt Ltd., Balaji Motion Pictures and UTV Software Communications.

DR. Syeda Ruksheda N.
Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist
Dr. Syeda Ruksheda, is an eminent Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, practicing in Mumbai India. With special interests in women, families and young adults, her many community outreach projects and activities are very close to her heart. She has won numerous International Awards and Fellowships. She continues to serve on boards of many National and International Psychiatry Associations.

Aditi Kanchan

Movie Research
A history graduate from Delhi University. Aditi is currently working as a theatre and film professional.

This film is not any one’s story, we all are born of women. Yet something within us, within our society, compels to sexual assault a woman and abuse children. This film is a genuine appeal to take notice and take action. It is an intervention to understand the underlying causes for sexual assault. This film pushes for a debate to show compassion towards the victim and a judicial system crying for reform.

I request my contributors to understand that in India, the taboos surrounding sexuality are blocking funds for cinemas wanting to explore such topics. It is only through the open-minded generosity of individuals we will be able to start this campaign. It is the only way in which such a film can come to light.

We need 5,00,000 to complete this film, which will roughly take 45 days of shooting. We are planning to work with film professional actors who will be selected as per their requirement of each and every character. Ghatna (Incident) requires an ensemble cast and a huge number of junior artists and your contribution will play a crucial role.

For the technical crew, we already have a well-established team of highly skilled people in direction, camera, art and music. We intend to use the best available technical equipment in filming and post production and your contribution will help bear the costs.

We are ready to take this big step, but we need your help in making it bigger!

Funds from Milaap will be utilised wisely in various sections of film-making. Here’s a breakdown of the film budget.

We really appreciate you taking the time to look at our project. Even if you can't donate any cash, we'd really appreciate it if you could spread the word.

Thank you for reading about GHATNA (Incident). We are thrilled about making this Film, and we thank you for your contributions. Let’s together help make this film into reality. No contribution is too small!

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The issue of sex and matters concerning sex is still a taboo in India. Very often we can trace this regressive and hypocritical attitude towards sex, dating to the Victorian morality as imposed upon our education system and thought the process through Macaulay, during the British colonial rule.

India still grapples with this contradiction and the debate, unfortunately, has been hijacked by the regressive, non-democratic section of India. This section tolerates no debate and is hell bent on sending India and mostly its women to live in stern patriarchal gaze. It is this section of society who now have a dominating voice in promoting crass consumerism while promoting a rigid and ritualistic version of religious sentiments among people.

Those voices which seek equality of the sexes and a more egalitarian world are largely sneered upon and ignored, as being “too western in their thoughts, not Indian enough”. The media piggybacking on these prevailing backward sentiments is making a killing, running the gamut from trials by media to a smut filled intrusive take on events which should call for serious debate and not sensationalism.

The other challenge is to get funding for provocative or interventionist films which may not have a big star cast since it is on a more serious topic than most films which are declared box office hits. Positively, though, there is an increasing trend of films being made and being released which are away from the norm and have difficult subjects to deal with, yet are accepted simply because they have a mark of craftsmanship in them and have good stories well told.

This film is an intervention. To make films about sex without falling into stereotypes, or titillation is a huge challenge, especially when people are increasingly being fed a huge diet of deviant sexual jokes, misogyny and patriarchy. But this is exactly the reason why this film is extremely important. Our team strongly believes that we have a very important issue at hand, it concerns the lives of at least 50% of India, which in itself is 500 million women. So, in a nutshell, it is a film about us and about the future of humanity.

Having already shot and released a full-length feature film on sexual abuse last year, this is a topic which is very close to my heart and I am confident about doing justice to it. I request all readers to spread the word and engage in reading more and finding out more about the position of women in India and also on the criminal justice system. We need to pluck out the ugly and reinforce the best within us and our society.

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