Unfreedom

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Unfreedom
Directed by Raj Amit Kumar
Produced by Raj Amit Kumar
Written by Raj Amit Kumar
Damon J Taylor
Starring Victor Banerjee
Adil Hussain
Bhanu Uday
Preeti Gupta
Bhavani Lee
Ankur Vikal
Seema Rahmani
Samrat Chakrabarti
Music by Wayne Sharpe
Jesse Kotansky
Cinematography Hari Nair
Edited by Atanu Mukherjee
Production
company
Dark Frames
69 Productions
Release dates
  • May 29, 2015 (2015-05-29)[1]
Country USA
India
Language English
Hindi

Unfreedom: Blemished Light (Hindi: Dagh Ujala) is a 2014 English/Hindi socio-political drama film by Raj Amit Kumar,[2] completed in 2014. Faiz Ahmad Faiz's poem, "Ye Dagh Dagh Ujala", is the inspiration behind the film.[3]

The story revolves around a Muslim fundamentalist in New York who kidnaps a liberal Muslim scholar with an intent to kill, while a closeted lesbian in New Delhi kidnaps her bisexual lover with the intent to love. The resulting torture and violence evokes a brutal struggle of identities against "unfreedom".

In a recent interview, Victor Banerjee condemned the way sex and violence end up being approached with vulgarity in mainstream cinema. But at the same time appreciated how Raj Amit Kumar has pushed that envelope in the film as they are essential to the story and screenplay.[4]

Plot[edit]

Set in two different cities, New York and New Delhi,[5] the film approaches sexuality and violence head on with a focus on the Muslim and LGBT identities.[6]

In New York arrives a fundamentalist Muslim Mohammed Husain, imprisoned by his brutal past, on a mission to kidnap and kill a peaceful Muslim scholar, Fareed Rahmani.[7] “The choices we make, when we are most cornered in life, define who we are.” Once they come face to face, the only way out is through a true examination of the bare bones of each one's existence to make a choice.[8]

In New Delhi, Leela Singh, a closeted homosexual girl leaves her orthodox cop father’s home with a mission to kidnap her activist bisexual lover, Sakhi Taylor, and marry her.[9] Not only do the lovers need to come to terms with their own differences, they need to face Devraj,[10] the truth of the society they live in.

Set in the most archetypal cities of economic and patriarchal control, four characters come face to face with gruesome acts of violence in a battle of identities against unfreedom. "Unfreedom" examines the struggle between the powerful and powerless and those who strive to stand against dominating torturing socio political injustices.[11]

Cast[edit]

The film stars Victor Banerjee [12] and Adil Hussain.[13] It also has a huge ensemble cast featuring -

Crew[edit]

National Film Awards winner Hari Nair is the cinematographer of the film.[17] Filmfare Awards winner Wayne Sharpe of Rajneeti and Gangaajal fame,[18] and Jesse Kotansky have composed the soundtrack. Academy Award winner Resul Pookutty has done the Sound Design. Aftab Asghar from Senses Films (www.sensesfilms.net) is the Associate Producer and Visual effects supervisor of the film.

Awards[edit]

The script for this film won the first prize in the 2009 Faculty Screenwriting Competition at University Film and Video Association.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dark-frames-release-unfreedom-starring-772440
  2. ^ "American Indian director Amit to make BLEMISHED LIGHT". 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  3. ^ "Victor Banerjee to star in Blemished Light". 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  4. ^ "Is it time to get serious with Bollywood films?". CBC News. 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  5. ^ "Life of Pi's Hussain is thankful". 2012-12-19. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  6. ^ "Victor signs Indian-American director's film". 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  7. ^ "Victor Banerjee plays a Muslim scholar in ‘Blemished Light’". 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  8. ^ "Victor Banerjee to Star in Patriotic ‘Blemished Light’". 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  9. ^ "Film Shoot Fiasco at Queer Pride March". The Times Of India. 2012-11-27. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  10. ^ "Different Strokes - Adil Hussain plays a dark character". 2012-12-07. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  11. ^ "Samrat Chakrabarti's experience with Kamal Haasan and Victor Banerjee". The Times Of India. 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  12. ^ "'Today, no one respects age, experience, talent or discipline'". 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  13. ^ "'Grey Matter - Bollywood's latest discovery - Adil Hussain seeks complex roles in the industry'". 2012-12-28. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  14. ^ "I am fortunate I am still fresh" Upcoming movies of Bhanu Uday". 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  15. ^ "Actor Bhavani Lee shoots for 'Blemished Light'". 2012-11-25. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  16. ^ "American Indian director Amit to make BLEMISHED LIGHT". 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  17. ^ "Hit by the shutter bug". The Times Of India. 2011-10-18. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  18. ^ "Wayne Sharpe: American composer in Bollywood". CNN. 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  19. ^ "Recent Graduate Student News - SIUC MCMA". www.facebook.com. 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 

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