4 items from 2012
Nila Madhab Panda deserves accolades for presenting an issue-based film in an entertaining and gripping manner. Jalpari, based on the issue of female foeticide, maintains a fine balance and never goes overboard preaching the cause. In fact, it weaves it cleverly into an adventure thriller which successfully drives the message home and is palatable to children and adults alike.
Shreya Singh is the tomboyish protagonist of the film who is brave, imaginative and adventurous. She goes on a holiday to her ancestral village with her father, grandmother and younger brother. Shreya, after performing a mermaid dance in school, is on a quest for a pond in the village where she can swim like a mermaid. But her ancestral village is one marred with severe scarcity: of water and women. Sources of water have »
- Nandita Dutta
In spite of its flaws, of which there are many, "Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid" wins your heart with its simple fluid storytelling and characters who seem to have taken birth in the deserted village in Haryana, long before the camera was switched on.
There is a fascinating play of light and shade in Deepak Venkateshan's screenplay. It. »
- Shiva Prakash
Ten million female fetuses are estimated to have been aborted over the past two decades in India according to ActionAid. 35 million females are also ‘missing’ according to the 2001 National Indian Census. Female feticide is an urgent and prevalent issue, and this horror does not only apply to India. Oxford University research based on birth statistics revealed that 1500 females from England and Wales have gone ‘missing’ since 1990. Sons being valued higher than daughters seem to have become ‘the norm’ in Indian Society. Whilst some parents feel their daughters to be the ‘Laxmi’ (Goddess) of the house, others are repulsed by them. The expense of paying a dowry, the responsibility of family honour resting upon a daughter, as well as daughter’s being viewed as ‘parahi’ (belonging to her husband’s family) are some factors that encourage the murdering of an unborn female child.
This shocking issue of female feticide is addressed »
- Aashi Gahlot
After the international success of I Am Kalam, which won over 20 international awards and one national award and went to over 55 film festivals across the globe, Nila Madhab Panda's new feature film Jalpari - The Desert Mermaid, produced by Sushilkumar Agrawal of Ultra Distributors Pvt Ltd, started its international journey with a screening at the Marche Du Cannes (Film Market) of the ongoing Cannes Film Festival. The first market screening of the film, which had its theatrical release shortly, got a fantastic response from buyers and other participants of the festival on May 17, and already there has been an enthusiastic response from more buyers for the second screening which was on May 23, Agrawal said here. Both Panda and Agrawal are busy meeting prospective buyers and film festival curators at Cannes, and the film will soon start its journey in the festival circuit. Talking about the film Panda says, "My new film is ready. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
4 items from 2012
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