Thursday, April 25, 2024

Jharkhand farmer who’s the subject of To Kill A Tiger to join Oscars gala


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Priyanka Chopra Jonas was the star at a special screening of To Kill A Tiger, a soul-searing documentary feature by the Indian-Canadian Emmy-winning director Nisha Pahuja in the race for an Oscar, but the spotlight was on Ranjit, a Jharkhand farmer who’s the hero of the film.
In the words of TV actor Sahil Salathia, who attended the exclusive screening on Saturday night in Los Angeles and Instagrammed about it: “Ranjit ji is an Indian farmer who supported his daughter (right till the end!) who was traumatised by life and the society. We need more role models like him in India.”
Highlighting what Ranjit, who is all set to attend the Oscars gala at LA’s Dolby Theater, was up against, Sahil wrote: “It is not easy knowing that three men in Jharkhand gang raped your 13-year-old daughter and the village thinks why not just get her married to one of the rapists, why take it to the court and involve the legal system?
It took Pahuja 8 years to make To Kill A Tiger. The world now knows about Ranjit’s brave fight and his daughter who was raped is now a young woman nurturing the dream of joining the police and fighting acts of violence against women.


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