Hindi film “RIWAYAT” – exposing the shocking issue of female foeticide Releasing on 7th Sept 2012

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Hindi film “RIWAYAT” – exposing the shocking issue of female foeticide

Releasing on 7th Sept 2012

“Riwayat” is an upcoming Hindi feature film that handles the disturbing issue of female foeticide and infanticide. It is produced by two internationally renowned Indian doctors in Australia. Film is based on real facts, that is about 100 million baby girls are missing from this world since 1984 – 40 million from India alone. They were killed only for being girls and not boys who are favoured by traditions. The practice of female foeticide is still rampant judging by the falling female to male baby ratio in India. The issue has been called as a matter of national shame. Just a few years ago Millennium Star Mr. Amitabh Bachchan expressed his feelings in an event, where he said ‘how we can congratulate ourselves as a superstar nation when we loose millions of female infants to foeticide’. Recently, even Super Star Aamir Khan brought this issue in light in the very first episode of his mega talk show ‘Satyamev Jayate’.

Film “Riwayat” handles the issue of female foeticide and infanticide in an artistic and sensitive manner. It does not exploit the issue just for the sake of being sensational. It simply portrays the emotional journey of three ladies from different walks of life, after facing this issue. Dr Sanjay Patole, is the writer, producer and creative director of “Riwayat”, is an internationally renowned Professor of neonatology at the University of Western Australia. Coproducer Dr Ajay Rane is the founding Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. Professor Ajay Rane and Prof Sanjay Patole are both motivated to preserve life one as an obstetrician and the other as a neonatologist. This film has achieved worldwide recognition by winning 5 awards and 12 nominations in 12 international film festivals – an outstanding achievement for an unusual commercial film that handles a serious social issue while still retaining all the colour, songs, and dances of Bollywood films.

Film “Riwayat” is directed by well known Marathi and Hindi actor director Vijay Patkar. The powerful dialogues are by Imtiyaz Hussein. The melodious music is by Sushil Lalji. Songs are rendered by stalwart singers Shaan, Kailash Kher, Shreya Ghoshal, and the legendary Jagjit Singh and lyrics are by Sudhakar Sharma and Nusrat Badr. Cinematography is by Suresh Suvarna, art by Yunus Pathan, sound Shrikant Kamble, and editing by Dinesh Mengade.

Film “Riwayat” stars Sampika, Khalid Siddique, Salil Ankola, Achint Kaur, Sourabh Dubey, Aditya Lakhia, Narendra Jha, Rajendra Gupta, Mangal Kenkre, Gauri Kulkarni, Major Vikram, Rakhi Mishra, Tanya Tiwari & Sayaji Shinde in main roles with Kammal Adiib, Jaiwant Wadkar, Jairaj Nair, Milind Joshi, Alpa Joshi & Milind Yashod in the supporting cast.

Film “Riwayat”s music is with Filmi Box.

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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