“The Rapist”, which will premiere at the Busan International Film Festival next month, is the toughest film ever made by Indian filmmaker Aparna Sen.
A historian of various aspects of Indian life, Sen has previously garnered worldwide acclaim for his eclectic work, including as director of “36 Chowrangi Lane” (1981), “Paroma” (1985) and “Iti Mrinalini” (2010).
Sen is one of the leading actors in India who has worked with film personalities of the country including Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and Tuparna Ghosh and has worked internationally with Ismail Merchant and James Ivory.
Sen had an idea about “The Rapist” about 15 years ago, and decided to revisit the matter after the recent rape incident in India. “I started to wonder why men rape. No one is born a rapist. They go through childhood, infancy and all innocence through childhood, ”says Sen. Diversity. “When and how do these people become rapists? Does it have anything to do with social inequality? Or is it just genetic? I had no answer then and now I have no answer. But still I wanted to explore the idea. And so I made ‘The Rapist’. “
The film was nominated for the prestigious Kim G-Seok Award in Busan. In it, Sen’s daughter Konkona Sen Sharma plays a criminal psychology professor in Delhi who goes on to become a victim of sexual harassment and fight against social prejudice.
As part of her research, Sen reads books, talks to lawyers and is part of an organization that combates sexual abuse of women with feminist friends.
The film also deals with the controversial issue of the death penalty. “Many countries around the world have abolished the death penalty and moved to a more corrective approach to dealing with crime,” Sen said. The death penalty is the only way to deal with some particularly cruel criminals. My own hesitation about how to deal with such people was one of the reasons behind my decision to make this film.
The treatment of the film is intentionally clear eyes and stupid and it is underscored by subtle acting. Bollywood star Arjun Rampal has played the role of a liberal and Sen has cast him for his acting skills like “Rock On” and “Politics”. Sen sees Tanmoy Dhanania in “Cat Sticks”, where he plays a drug addict and plays him in a pivotal role in “The Rapist”. Sen, who has worked with Sharma in several films, does not agree that it was easy for her to play the role of the victim’s claimant because she is his daughter.
“I would have thrown her out if I hadn’t been her mother,” Sen said. He has a very fine idea of where to draw the line and never needs any instructions. What makes our relationship easier is that we trust each other. ”
Kim Jong-un’s nomination is important for Sen. “It means a lot, especially since I was on the jury in Busan many years ago and met with Kim G-seok in person,” Sen said. “So this nomination for someone, the award in his name carries a special meaning for me.”
The film marks the film debut of flowing streaming content maker Apple Entertainment, which has produced “The Rapist” alongside Quest Film. “The film won’t leave any punches, and yet, you don’t have to; All three of our protagonists gave outstanding performances, “said Sameer Nair, CEO of Applause. Diversity. “We are thrilled that Aparna Sen made her acting debut with a film.”
In the film space, applause is working with Tamil development hit “Aruvi”, comedy drama “Sharmaji Ki Betty” and remake of military drama “Iftikhar”, Nandita Das, Sourav Shukla along with various development and completion films, Sonal Dabral, Shirsha Guha Thakurta, Sudhir Mishra, Prasit Roy, Shad Ali, Ashim Ahluwalia and Rajat Kapoor.
After conducting his festival, “The Rapist” will probably go live streaming at least in India. “There’s still some time left to reopen theaters in full force, and without this movie your conventional mainstream theater isn’t renting. The streamers will help make this important film accessible to global audiences, ”Nair said.