The film Dhoomkudia portrays the story of thousands of tribal girls who are taken to big cities on false promises and are exploited. Dhoomkudia is a film based on the true events of the life of a 14-year-old girl from Jharkhand. The film will be screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival on July 12.
Nandlal Nayak, the director of the film, who himself is a folk artist as well as a music director, says he still remembers the fear in the eyes of the girl on whose life the film is based. The film has already received critical acclaim and will now be screened at the world-famous Cannes Film Festival.
Nayak said in an interview to PTI that he had almost gone into depression after hearing the girl’s story, how the girl fled after being sexually abused in a posh area of Delhi. Dhoomkudia was shot in the interiors of Jharkhand in 52 days. The film has so far been awarded more than 60 awards in 84 countries.
Nandlal Nayak is the son of Padma Shri awardee folk artist Mukund Nayak. Nandlal moved to the US after receiving a scholarship at the American Institute of Indian Studies, after which he returned to his village in 2003 in connection with research on traditional tribal folk music.
Nandlal said, “I went to a village in Jharkhand to learn about tribal music. During that time I met a 14-year-old girl. The villagers were eagerly coming to me to listen to my story, but this girl was extremely calm and not interested in anything.”
Nandlal gradually won her trust and then explained how she was taken to Delhi through human trafficking and sexually abused. The film’s director Nandlal said, “After hearing her story, my whole world was shattered like a card.”
She said that when she got pregnant and was locked in a place. She gave birth to the baby in a bathroom and locked the baby in a suitcase and somehow left and caught a train to Ranchi. After that, she changed many buses and after travelling several kilometres, she reached her village.
Nandlal said, “I decided to adopt him. For a few months I went to America and after returning, I found out that she had been sold several times and had been raped more than 100 times before being killed.”
The director said, “After that, I went into depression and I gave up my research on tribal music and decided to make a film on her life. I had worked with many big film directors and actors before, but no one helped me make this film.”
Nandlal said he spent his entire savings of Rs 3.5 crore to make the film, but he could not succeed. He made another effort to make the film in 2010, but this time too he could not succeed.
Nandlal said, “After that Sumit Agarwal helped me and we made this film. About 30,000 girls from Jharkhand have been sold through human trafficking during the last 10 years in the name of domestic help. The situation is similar in Bihar, Bengal and Odisha.”
The film stars Rinkal Kachap and Pradyuman Nayak as lead characters. Apart from this Rajesh Jaish, Subrata Dutta, Vinod Anand and Geeta Guha also play pivotal roles in the film. Most of the people who work in the film are from the prestigious National School of Drama.