‘Child trafficking’ or child peddling is a gruesome and dark business that has been operational around the world since long. It had raised its ugly head during the medieval times and little has been done or attempted to for its eradication.
Flesh trading specifically with young girls is now a booming business nationwide and directors Avinash Roy and Jasmine Kaur Roy has encapsulated this idea on celluloid. The duo has intricately shown the journey and the dark life of a teenage girl named Neelam in the docu-drama Amoli which will be released on the 7th of May 2018 in the social world. The documentary is inter woven with incidents, excerpts, speeches and interviews and beautifully lays its grip into the gloomy world. It starts with Neelam’s narration of how she was forced into adultery by her aunt, how she had lived the life of a sex slave and how finally she was rescued only to be rejected by her own family. Now she is living in a shelter and undergoing counseling and is on regular medication. The film produced by Culture Machine Media, has been voiced by Jisshu Sengupta for the ‘Bengali version’; while Rajkumar Rao, Vidya Balan, Kamal Hasaan and Puneeth Rajkumar has rendered their voices for the Hindi, English, Tamil and Kannada versions respectively. The music of the film has been composed by Tajdar Junaid.
The national award winning film makers have come across various ghastly truths while researching for their project and opines that though various NGO’s and activists are now taking this issue seriously and has been active since long for justice of some millions of girls; the base is deeply rooted and uprooting the same will truly be a challenging task. Nevertheless they are hopeful that their offering will sincerely make people think and may lay the first stone in starting a serious crusade against this ugly business!