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Aparna Sen’s ‘The Rapist’ goes past the culprit-survivor binary

Aparna Sen’s ‘The Rapist’ goes past the culprit-survivor binary

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As Kerala stays glued to court docket proceedings of a molestation case involving celebrities, a multi-layered movie, The Rapist, directed by auteur Aparna Sen, goes past the culprit-survivor binary to discover why an individual turns into a rapist.

The Rapist, which bagged the Kim Jiseok Award on the Busan Worldwide Movie Pageant in 2021, struck a chord with viewers of the twenty sixth version of the Worldwide Movie Pageant of Kerala. Starring Aparna’s daughter Konkona Sen Sharma, Arjun Rampal and Tanmay Dhanania within the lead roles, the movie explores how a heinous crime like rape impacts the folks concerned and society at giant. Is it nature or nurture or a mixture of each? What circumstances make one a rapist?

Talking over telephone from Kolkata, the 76-year-old famend actor-director, winner of a number of nationwide and state awards, explains why she made a movie that tries to grasp a society that creates rapists. She says: “A new child doesn’t change into a rapist in a single day. He turns into a toddler, a younger boy, a teen… What turns him right into a rapist? Rape, say activists and teachers, is all about energy. I agree. However what makes an individual use rape as a weapon, as a method of subjugating a lady?”

She says the theme had been on her thoughts because the Nirbhaya case and two years in the past it crystallised right into a story and a screenplay. When a Mumbai-based manufacturing home approached her and he or she narrated this story, they had been captivated with it.

However it took a while earlier than the movie acquired the inexperienced sign. “I went to Mumbai, met Sameer Nair (CEO of Applause Leisure) and narrated the story. That was how the producers, Applause Leisure, got here on board,” she recollects.

Shot in Delhi over 27 days, the movie was accomplished in 2021. Aparna says the movie may have been set solely in Delhi as she had conceptualised that as the situation. Konkana performs Naina, a criminology professor married to Aftab Malik, essayed by Arjun.

Director-actor Aparna Sen

Director-actor Aparna Sen
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Every character goes by way of a prism of change after the rape as they grapple with their very own long-held convictions. “Aftab, for example, is towards capital punishment however when his spouse is raped, he finds himself inspecting his stand towards capital punishment. The lives of Naina, Aftab and Prasad (Tanmay) are modified in a single day on account of that one act of sexual violence.

“When Naina finds she is pregnant, she is just not certain whether or not the newborn is her husband’s and that’s when she decides to be taught extra concerning the rapist. She needs to know if his criminality is in his genes! She needs to seek out why he raped her.”

Selecting her phrases fastidiously, she says Naina is ‘pro-choice.’ “Now that doesn’t imply she is in favour of abortion or going forward with the being pregnant. It means the lady has a option to determine what she needs to do with it.”

When Naina and Prasad discuss to one another, the layers are peeled off and at one level Prasad finds himself calling Naina didi (sister).

For the screenplay, Aparna spoke to 2 pals who work with survivors and abused ladies, docs and attorneys.

Konkona Sen in a still from Aparna Sen’s film ‘The Rapist’  

Konkona Sen in a nonetheless from Aparna Sen’s movie ‘The Rapist’  
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What was it prefer to work along with her daughter on their sixth movie? The mom’s satisfaction in her daughter is obvious in her phrases.

“She has change into higher and higher in each method. We converse to one another day by day. However we discuss mundane issues, what she ate, the place she went and in between, she would possibly slip in about an award she has gained.

“When she started working with me, she used to take heed to me extra. Now, she brings in her personal interpretation of her character. I used to be assured that she could be one of the best for Naina.”

She factors out that she took care to see that she doesn’t take sides within the movie and every character has to navigate his/her personal complexities and understanding.

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