This movie is dark and terrifying, but trust us, you need to watch it.
Nearly 44,000 children are abducted in India every year, a quarter of whom are never traced. Most probably wind up in the sex trade. That’s the background for Lakshmi, a critically acclaimed, powerful social protest film inspired by a true story. With the #SaveOurGirls campaign, missing indigenous women in Canada, and countless other crimes against women and children everyday, the film hits on points relevant to all of us concerned about these issues.
Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi (Monali Thakur) is abducted along with several other girls. Taken to a brothel, she learns how to survive from a more experienced roommate. But Lakshmi is not ready to accept her fate. Her repeated attempts to escape only serve to remind her of the futility of her situation, until one day the appearance of a social worker offers a ray of hope.
“Against all odds, the terrorized, degraded and scarred child is more determined than ever to fight back. Resisting threats, coercion and bribes, she shows rare courage and determination to stand up in court in what becomes a landmark case… Lakshmi is the true story of a child whose spirit could not be broken.”—Palm Springs Film Festival.
Directed by India National Award winner Nagesh Kukunoor (Hyderabad Blues, Dor, Iqbal, 3 Deweerein), the film stars the director, Monali Thakur, Shefali Shah, Ram Kapoor, and Satish Kaushik.
Jugni Style is proud to partner with Vancouver International Film Festival as the media sponsor of this critically acclaimed, award-winning film.
Watch Lakshmi at VIFF 2014:
- September 29 10:30 a.m. at International Village #9
- October 04 7:00 p.m. at International Village #10
- October 08 12:30 p.m. at Centre for Performing Arts
“Kukunoor and his co-producer Elahe Hiptoolah’s brave effort to delve into a subject of this kind is laudable… The film is based on a true-story of the first convicted case of child prostitution in Andhra Pradesh. Kukunoor’s film is inspiring for it brings to light the valiant effort that Lakshmi puts forth in dragging her perpetrators to the court. It highlights the intense hardship, pressure and indignity she has to go through to ensure the guilty are punished… Kukunoor [brave enough to cast himself in the role of the despicable male lead] is supported by a team of good actors. Of the cast, Shefali Shah is brilliant in her dual role of an evil-kind madam of the brothel… Monali Thakur impresses you in a role that must have been undoubtedly very tough to essay. Her expressive eyes and her innocent face stay with you after the film is over.”—Faheem Ruhani, India Today