1700 films received on ending violence against women film contest

NEW DELHI: Around 1700 entries from over 600 colleges have come in response to a campaign launchged earlier this year for two-minute films on generating debate and promote positive change in cultural and social norms around the value of women in India.

The campaign ‘#BasAbBahutHogaya – Enough is enough’ was launched by actor Farhan Akhtar along with Population Foundation of India, Farhan Akhtar’s MARD and noted director Feroz Abbas Khan with a pledge to end violence against women and girls.

The shortlisted films will be judged by a high profile jury comprising Padma Shree Dr. Kiran Karnik, director Shekhar Kapur, actor Shabana Azmi and Feroz Abbas Khan.

“When we announced the film-making contest, we feared that the students will speak only of the issues which are covered by the mainline media. However, there are many more aspects to the issue of violence against women and girls. The students surprised us with their take on even the minutest and not-spoken-of issues. The varied topics covered by all the participants are a proof of the fact that they realize what is happening around them and are willing to change it for the better”, said Population Foundation of India ED Poonam Muttreja.

Noted director Feroz Abbas Khan said, “We have received an overwhelming response from students across the country. With almost 1700 entries and an unending zeal, the younger generation just proves that they are ready to turn the patriarchal system of India upside down with their new-age take on this issue.”

The film-making contest is a part of Bas Ab Bahut Ho Gaya- Enough is Enough, a campaign that aims at generating debate and promote positive change in cultural and social norms around the value of women in India.

National celebrities have joined this campaign to relay messages that motivate young girls to stand up against violence, and show boys that masculinity is not connected with violence. Apart from the films, there will be several activities including panel discussions and a series of films about violence against women. The campaign will culminate in a concert in Mumbai.

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