Director Rohit Jugraj moves on to child abuse drama

April 27th, 2008 - 9:33 am ICT by admin  

By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, April 27 (IANS) After “Superstar”, which was received well by the more discerning section of movie-goers, director Rohit Jugraj has taken on the sensitive issue of child abuse. “This is something I wanted to do for a long time. It’s not just about one child. My film explores various kinds of child abuse, some of which may not even seem like abuse to the offender,” Rohit told IANS.

Rohit has tried to delve deeper into the problem with the film “Chand Pe Baithi Dadimaa”. “I’ve gone into psychological and physical abuse, the psyche of the adult who abuses a child and the trauma and darkness that the child faces after being abused.”

Rohit goes beyond just portraying the issue and has attempted to find solutions too.

“I’ve also discussed ways to give the child strength and courage to cope with the trauma and to be healed and whole again without scars of the incident plaguing the child through his or her life.”

“My 30-minute film is basically about hope. It isn’t a commercial venture. It’s for an international NGO. I’d describe it as a docu-drama,” says the young director.

Interestingly, the sensitive subject has been handled in a unique way behind the camera also.

“The format is called ‘dogme’. I used nine cameras. You may ask me why so much effort in a film that will finally be seen by a restricted non-commercial audience. Well…it was for my own satisfaction.

“And I’ve given it a poetic fairytale name, ‘Chand Pe Baithi Dadimaa’, because I believe our children’s innocence and their innate belief in a magical healing world has to be preserved.”

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