Gulabi Gang released in Norway last year, but the documentary’s reach in its own country has been limited to screenings at film festivals. When Sohum Shah, actor and producer with Recyclewala Films, saw the documentary recently, he felt it should reach more people in the country. And now with Shah as a “presenter”, the 2012 documentary will get a theatrical release across India.
“Documentary films don’t have a proper way of reaching people. It is unfortunate because the kind of risk the makers take to shoot their subjects is incredible. When I saw Gulabi Gang, I was thoroughly engaged and entertained. I wanted to take it to a larger audience,” said the Ship of Theseus actor at a press conference held on February 3. Also present were the documentary’s director Nishtha Jain and Shah’s partner, Anand Gandhi.
The film is about a group of women vigilante activists from the Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh, notorious for its history of women abuse and corruption. The film was lauded at festivals around the world — Best Film at the Dubai International Film Festival and Best Documentary by the International Association of Women In Radio and Television (IAWRT) among others. It will release in almost 20 screens through the PVR Director’s Rare on February 21.