Soumya Bollapragada Nenu Ame! (I am She!) A cry against marital rape Print E-mail

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
 

Nenu Ame! (I am She!) - Short Film

 

Hyderabad, India, July 27, 2016: SillyShots, a production arm of SillyMonks today released their new short film “Nenu…Aame! (I am…she!)” Directed by, Actress & Director Soumya Bollapragada. The film highlights, stories of horrific incest rape and objectionable sexual advances a woman face in her workplace and at home.

Announcing the world wide release on SillyShots Soumya said, “Nenu…Aame! (I am…she!), is a 12 minutes 32 seconds riveting story of a woman played by Shivani, subjected to daily brutal marital including incest rape and her urge to survive. I wanted to highlight these very issues and I thought this movie could bring it to the forefront of conversation” added Soumya.

Sunjith, Bhaggath and Binayak Das feature in the film as supporting actors. The Production, Story, Screenplay and Direction are by Soumya Bollapragada. While the art direction is by Subrata Chakraborty, who had earlier worked in movies like Haider, Hawaizaade and 24, Music Mixing and mastering is by P.A. Deepak (double Grammy winner for slumdog millionaire and winds of Samsara). John.E.Stewart is done the music for “Nenu...aame! (I am...She!) . John had earlier given back ground music for Happy New Year; Humpty Sharma ki dulhaniya is done the music.

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~ Wednesday August 03, 2016

A cry against marital rape

By Nivedita Ganguly

A 12-minute short film by Vizag girl deals with sensitive issue

Vizag girl Soumya Bollapragada along with her team during the shooting of the short film 'I am...She!', a film that deals with the sensitive topic of marital rape.

At 30, Ambika (name changed) has spent 10 years of her life silently dreading the next assault amidst the four walls of her house. She vividly recalls each episode of violence - of being slapped, sexually and verbally abused and treated like a maid at home. But she did not have the strength to walk out of her marriage fearing the financial consequences and societal pressure. Statistics alarmingly point out that 98 per cent of the rape cases reported in India were committed by people known to the victim.

Vizag girl Soumya Bollapragada’s first short film titled ‘I am…She!’ which was released on YouTube last week deals with this sensitive issue of ‘marital rape’. The 12-minute film is a bold, brutal and hard hitting attempt by the young debutant filmmaker. “The newspapers are full of reports of marital rape, incest and sexual abuse faced by women at workplaces. I wanted to bring out these issues through a film which was not bound by any language. The film has no dialogues and this was the most challenging part of it – to drive home the point through scenes and dark lightings,” says Soumya. The film is about the main protagonist in the film played by Shivani Rai who is subjected to brutal marital rape, including incest rape and sexual abuse at work place.

Challenges
The filmmaker faced many challenges during the making of the film. “Most actors I approached were apprehensive about getting typecast. Some of them even walked out of the project two days before the start of the shoot,” she adds. Shivani, who was a part of the Hyderabad based theatre group ‘Sutradhar’, instantly agreed to do the film when she was approached. “This was a subject I felt deeply about. I counselled many of my friends who were going through such phases in their marriage and was very well aware that marital rape was widely prevalent in society. The film gave me a chance to strike a debate on this sensitive issue,” says the actor. The film was made in a shoe-string budget of Rs 15,000 and shot in three days with a Canon 5D camera. The cinematographer was Vizag’s Siri Sri, who had studied cinematography from London’s MET Film School. Soumya plans to showcase the short film in film festivals once the censor board certification is done.

Women activists have been campaigning to bring forced sexual intercourse in marriage within the ambit of definition of rape. Emergency rooms and counselling centres for women in distress have been recording what the country is currently debating - the need to criminalise marital rape. “In the absence of a law, there are many marital rapes cases that go unreported,” says Soumya.

However, Shivani says it is ironical how there is a section of viewers who felt the film should have ended on a happy note. “What is happening in society with many women is far from a happy ending. If you are making no contribution in making this world better for women, how can you expect happy endings in films?” sums up Shivani.

 - Short Film 2016 || by Soumya Bollapragada