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Family values celebrated in India are quite a farce: Onir on his short documentary Widows Of Vrindavan

At the ongoing Jagran Film Festival, the filmmaker spoke about the plight of the widows who live in ashrams in Vrindavan and why he chose them as the subject of his latest film.

Onir at Jagran Film Festival

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Filmmaker Onir’s latest film is a short documentary, Widows Of Vrindavan that looks at the plight of the women who face discrimination on a daily basis, are isolated from their families and stigmatized by society. Many of them are unable to support themselves and become economically and socially dependent on their children, who often do not want to share their resources with their mothers. The film traces their situation and lives through the stories of different widows and their experiences.

The film was very well-received at the ongoing 10th Jagran Film Festival where it had its world premiere. Onir revealed that the film had been shot in just two days with a four member crew! He shared that the film was made possible because of his friend Winnie Singh who runs an ashram in Vrindavan. He commented on the situation of these women being abandoned in the ashrams saying, “The family values being celebrated in India is quite a farce. Women being abandoned like this is not a recent phenomenon.”

Talking about the choice of the women who appear in the film, he said, “I was trying to choose what was unique about them,” also sharing that for a filmmaker to be immersed in a sensitive film like this and come away from the subjects is an emotionally wrenching one. “They were so happy that there was someone listening to their stories,” he said.

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