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India, 2013, 109 Minute Running Time
World Premiere
Topics: Drama, Political
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Hindi English Sub-Titles

Nearly 44, 000 children are abducted in India every year, a quarter of whom are never traced. Most probably wind up in the sex trade. That’s the background for this powerful social protest film, which is inspired by a true story. Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi (singer Monali Thakur) is abducted along with several other girls. Taken to a brothel, she learns how to survive from a more experienced roommate. But Lakshmi is not ready to accept her fate. Her repeated attempts to escape only serve to remind her of the futility of her situation, until one day the appearance of a social worker offers a ray of hope.

Against all odds, the terrorized, degraded and scarred child is more determined than ever to fight back. Resisting threats, coercion and bribes, she shows rare courage and determination to stand up in court in what becomes a landmark case.

Bound to be controversial in India, where it will be released later this month, Lakshmi is the true story of a child whose spirit could not be broken.

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director, Producer

DIRECTOR: Nagesh Kukunoor
Producer: Elahe Hiptoola, Satish Kaushik, Nagesh Kukunoor, Jayantilal Gada
Editor: Sanjiv Datta
Screenwriter: Nagesh Kukunoor
Cinematographer: Chirantan Das
Music: Tapas Relia
Principal Cast: Monali Thakur, Shifali Shah, Ram Kapoor, Satish Kaushik, Nagesh Kukunoor
Filmography: Mod (2011)
Aashayein (2010)
8 X 10 Tasveer (2009)
Bombay to Bangkok (2008)
Dor (2006)
Three Walls (2003)
Hyderabad Blues (1998)
Print Source: SIC Productions Films Pvt Ltd

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