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Streetlight comes at a time when heroine-oriented films are out of vogue.

V.R.Shankar,a writer-journalist,makes his directorial debut with Streetlight,which narrates the poignant story of a sexually-exploited young girl. Talking about the theme of the film,the director says,“This movie is a cinematic adaptation of my novel Oru Pennum Parayathathu. It deals with the social issue of the abuse of the girl child and women’s exploitation.

The film is about the life of a girl who,in her teens,is sexually exploited by her father. The search for livelihood pushes her into flesh trade. However,despite losing herself to the world of exploitation and debauchery,she finds her way out and becomes a leading light to others. He adds,that the story is the highlight of the film. “Our society tends to label certain women with tags that speak of crimes they may not have done,” he says. The film also highlights the society’s fake notions of morality.

The title Streetlight is intended to be thought-provoking. “The streetlight shows the way in the dark but no one shows the way when life turns dark. The title justifies the central character: she becomes the ‘light’ for those abandoned on streets and shows them a way in life,” states the young director.

Aparna Nair essays the role of the protagonist Hima,while Irshad plays the male lead. Also in the cast are Maya Vishwanath,Sunitha,Krishnan. B,Krishna etc.

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On being asked why he opted to do a non-commercial film,V.R.Shankar says,“I had planned a big-budget commercial film. But an incident that I witnessed on the streets,of an auto-rickshaw driver befriending a young street girl and then sexually abusing her,shocked me. I wanted to make a film on that,but had to wait for four years for a producer. By that time,I had written it as a novel”.

R.K.Kurup produces Streetlight under the banner Ridge Events & Media Pvt Ltd. According to Shankar,when he approached the producer with the sensitive subject,he wholeheartedly agreed to do it because the latter wanted to do something for the society.

The makers are planning to screen Streetlight at different film festivals in India and abroad.

First published on: 10-02-2012 at 05:33:04 pm
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