Indian YouTube sensation from Mumbai, the dream-city, has made her debut in a short film “Khayali Pulav”. Prajakta Koli is one of the most loved you-tubers in India. Tarun Dudeja is the writer and director of this film starring Prajakta Koli. She essays the role of the lead female heroine in the film, based on a 17-year-old little town girl who pursues a vocation in sports instead of concentrating on her government education. As an inexperienced handball enthusiast, the film navigates from her challenges to her victory in shattering conventional norms.
|| Varsha Sahoo
When asked about this movie Prajakta said, “Growing up and then though my daily interactions I saw how prejudiced we are as a society when it comes to girls and women in general. This film is my small contribution to society at large to facilitate any change in whatever way I can and influence mindsets positively.”
Adding to this she said, “It is amazing to portray this young girl who knows her dream is too dangerous for the dwelling she is raised in, but her forward thinking temperament to cure a generalized mindset has enabled her to become resilient and determined. This short film is a wonderful reminder of how dreams, especially in small towns and villages, are often realized through sports. It is also a reminder of how precious the freedom to live your own life the way you want to, how even the simple thing like wearing shots for a girl is still a taboo in many parts of the country. The act of being involved in sports is her excuse to live as a free woman is not not constricted by the thoughts of the society and confidently dresses up in shorts baring her legs in a society that expects her to cover up.”
This short film is of about 24 minutes, which is set against the rural landscape of Haryana. This film touches many themes like banishment of prejudices, importance of street hustle, living your life your way and inevitability of freedom of choices. Yashpal Sharma is the male protagonist of the film, who is playing the role of a sports teacher.
The director of the film, Tarun Dudeja said, “Being born and brought up in one of the towns of Haryana, where patriarchy is the accepted norm and the culture and tradition is still associated with the woman of the town staying behind the veil, I would come across subtle acts of resistance to oppression every now and then as much as possible. In this kinda conservative society women just seize whatever semblance of liberation could be contained within the constraints of the society but mostly it is aimed at freedom. Be it the liberty to express themselves, or choose their own partner, or wear clothes of their own choices. For these women, these small activities make their lives intolerant to live. They try to fight in their own ways yet become victims to many difficult circumstances. Yet without giving up they try and win a certain freedom for themselves. This film honours such women and is a tribute to them.”
This film is a very sweet take on the freedom of women in the society who still are struggling for living their lives on their own terms at a very basic level. The social taboos which still exist are to be considered and should be soon eradicated so that every women of our country live with pride and honour.