Cinema is a medium that lets you express your thoughts and gives you the artistic freedom to explore it in ways more than one. Filmmaker Aneek Chaudhuri believes in telling stories that not many makers would ever brave to tell. Rape is a topic that is very sensitive to be made into a film but Aneek’s film White is all set to be screen at the Cannes Film Market, an adjunct of the Cannes Film Festival.
The storyline of White consist of three tales of survival; the narrative of a factory girl abused at work; an unwanted child’s return home after being brought up in an orphanage; and a husband’s acceptance of a child born from the rape of his wife by another man. The film stars Kaushik Roy and Arjaa Banerjee.
The silent feature film that tells stories of three women surviving rape and fighting it back to lead a stronger life. White conjoins three tales based on a similar theme; however, each woman has her own life and a way of leading it.
The first tale is of a factory girl getting raped inside the work premises and her story of survival.
Following it is the second tale of a single mother and her inability to face her own child after the heinous crime on the lady.
This is a story of the child’s upbringing in an orphanage and her return to her childhood home after two decades. The third and the last tale is of a raped married woman (in a village) and how her husband reacts to it (positively though) and attests his name on the victim child.
Many of Aneek’s films have been screened at Cannes, IFFI Goa, British Council and other film festivals. Even last year, his film The Wife’s Letter was screened at the Cannes.
In a conversation with Indiatimes, Aneek spoke about the film. The film that is based on rape and rape survivors is called white because Aneek wanted to change people’s perception. He said,
“Films related to rape has always been depicted as dark, evil and diabolic. I do not remember many films that focus on the power of the victim. White refers to the serenity that exists in women. Moreover, the color white brings a ray of hope even in the darkest situation.”
Aneek went on to thank the producers, La artiste productions. While it is difficult for the filmmakers today to find supportive producers, he added,
“Our producers turned out to be great collaborators than being mere financers. Right from being on the sets to granting creative freedom, they have been extremely cooperative. However, in the beginning, I found myself in a city of fake promises i.e. Kolkata where people endowed great encouragement on me and then, they vanished. I was soon saved the inclusion of La Artiste productions though.”
We further quizzed him on how various films that are screened at the film festivals fade into oblivion. Talking about the big challenge, he added,
“If you speak of commercial fades, we are looking forward to probable digital releases; this will keep us in line with the society’s commercial structure. While making a film, we only concentrate on the making and now relying a lot on a sound networking process in Cannes. However, good films sometimes fade away but White will hopefully make a global impact with its theme.”
Talking about his future projects, Aneek concluded by saying,
“Next, I am working on a few projects; to say, a short on war-romance. This is likely to be followed by another independent project and a musical drama. I would like to concentrate on meaningful cinema than resorting toward masala entertainment. I would like to reach the masses, but globally! Film festivals give you such a platform.”