Interview: Sucheta Phule

Dubai-based filmmaker’s short film on child abuse to screen in Cannes
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Apr 13, 2015

DUBAI: Sucheta Phule, a Dubai-based filmmaker is now on cloud nine as her recently completed short film to highlight the plights of mothers of abused children will be screened in the upcoming Cannes Film Festival after receiving phenomenal response in Jakarta’s festival last month.
Phule’s film, The Journey To Her Smile, is all about child abuse happening all over the world and in every form. The cast include many prominent actors like Girija Oak known for her role in ‘Tare Zameen Par’.Sucheta-3
“There is no place around the world where such incidents are not happening in which a child was abused and faced gruesome acts. The purpose of this 70-minute short film is bring society on a platform to talk on this issue especially the plight of a mother of such a child who not only suffer as much as a victimised child but in some cases more,” Phule said this in an exclusive interview with The Gulf Today in Dubai recently.
She just returned from India where she pitched many interviews with different regional newspapers and other media outlets to promote her film to be showcased on May 18 in the 68th Cannes Film Festival.
Sucheta Phule not only directed the film but also wrote the script as she has been carrying the spark of creative writing being raised in a family associated with the film industry. Her father made ‘Lekan’ Bollywood movie while also being part of advisory committee in National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC).
Since she moved to Dubai, she had worked as creative writer with a German advertising company and made various short documentaries.
Talking about her movie, she was inspired by some actual incidents of child abuse that happened in different places. “Being a mother of a five-year-old girl, I decided to write a documentary film but could not want to bring real parents in the film so I choose to make a short film with artists,” she said.
To manage the financial issue, she was helped by her husband apart from her savings that she put aside to buy a car for herself later this year.
Most of the film shooting was done in Pune, India but there were scenes shot in Dubai as the main language of the movie is English with the addition of many dialogues in Hindi. The cast includes Girija Oak, Aastad Kale, Jagat Singh and others. She will be present in Cannes festival while her short film will be screened under the individual category on May 18. “I’m confident that the platform in Cannes will be a great opportunity to raise awareness on this issue and the stakeholders asked to discuss the matter openly,” she said.
Before living in Dubai since 2007 with her husband, she was in Pune, India where she studied German language. As a German language expert, she taught professionals in India as well as in Germany where she spend 12 years.
Recently the film, The Journey To Her Smile was screened in Jakarta’s famous festival the International Film Festival for Women, Social Issues, and Zero Discrimination, known for women advocacy and received huge appreciation.
She is planning to present her short film on various platforms including in the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival and other regional festivals.
“As a film maker, I feel we have a vital weapon to highlight genuine issues from the society and pave the way for their solution to bring all the stakeholders on a single platform.”
Phule will attend the screening in Cannes and promised to use all platforms available to promote her film and raise awareness on child abuse.

~ by jamilkhan on April 13, 2015.

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