Aditya Kripalani’s movie Tikli and Laxmi Bomb, adapted from his own novel, has been selected by the Prestigious Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI) . This is just the latest in the series of recognition and screenings the film has had.
The FFSI was started by late Satyajit Ray, often regarded as one of the great directors of world cinema and brings together all the film societies from various regions under one roof. FFSI is currently a member of the International Federation of Film Society that has its Central Office in Paris. The international organisation is an associate member of UNESCO.
Tikli and Laxmi Bomb were among the few films that were selected for screening at FFSI. Other films included Nagesh Bhosle’ Nati Khel (Marathi) and Paban Hao’s Lady of the Lake (Manipuri). These films will travel across eight cities and eight towns across India. The festival being organised by FFSI opened on Sep 18 in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata.
About Tikli and Laxmi Bomb
The film’s USP lies in the fact that all the crew members are women, which is quite unique in anindustry that is centrally male dominated.
Laxmi Malwankar is a sex worker in Mumbai who has been part of city’s thriving sex trade for nearly two decades. She’s 40, jaded and, at some level, has a deep seeded loyalty towards Mhatre, the pimp, who takes care of all the girls on that street.
Putul, 22, hails from Bangladesh and Mhatre the pimp has brought her to Laxmi to be taught the ropes.
A rebellious Putul is full of questions about how the system works and why all the men profess to provide protection to women but end up becoming predators themselves.
For Laxmi this is how the world works, it is patriarchy and her only advice to Putul is to quickly adapt to the ways of this world of men.
Over time, Putul is able to convince Laxmi that things need changing. Laxmi though still not convinced enough to take it up as her own cause decides to stand by Tikli, thanks to a sequence of irrefutable events that occur on the street.
Together they get to be known as Tikli and Laxmi Bomb and start off this mini revolution in which they set up a system for women, run by women, in which the final customer is a man but the women run it the way they want and in almost total control.
How far are they able to go in this endeavor? How tall is their new organization able to grow before it becomes too big a threat for patriarchy to let it exist? Are they able to make a change that is permanent or another flash in the pan?
The film features Chitrangada Chakraborty, who has been one of the faces of Anurag Basu’s Rabindranath Tagore series and Vibhavari Deshpande, who acted in the Marathi blockbuster Harishchandrachi Factory and Natarang in the lead roles. Suchitra Pillai also plays an integral part in the Film.
Awards & Recognition
- The film was screened at Kolkata International Film Festival in November 2017
- It was the only Indian film to be screened at the New Zealand Asian Pacific Film festival 2017
- Official selection for Best Debut Director and Films on Women Category at Calcutta International Cult Film Festival
- Winner Best Debutante Female at Jaipur International Film Festival 2018
- Winner Best Feature Film at Berlin Independent Film Festival 2018
- Best picture for Gender Equality at UK Asian Film Festival 2018
- Winner Festival’s Choice Best Feature Film and Winner best female Actor at New Jersey Indian and International Film Festival
- Selected at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2018