Jisshu, Vidya Balan, Kamal Haasan Lend Voice to Film on Girl Child Trafficking

RBN Web Desk: While it’s common among Hollywood stars to lend their voices in documentaries and animation films, the trend has not really been much seen in India. But in what is probably a reversal of sorts, a number of leading actors of the country, have lent their voices to a documentary on girl child trafficking.

Amoli (Priceless), the 30-minute documentary, is directed by national award winning filmmakers Jasmine Kaur Roy and Avinash Roy. It threads together independent video footage, reports, and interviews to offer a rather grim snapshot on girl child trafficking, one of the most organised and lucrative rackets in India. At the heart of the docu-feature, is the hunt for Amoli, a young teen who went missing from Siliguri.

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Avinash said, while researching for the film, they found that Amoli had gone missing from a tea garden in North Bengal. When he and his team went looking for her, they found that it wasn’t just one or two families with missing children. Every other person pointed them to one house, and then the next person would point to another. The entire village, Avinash said, seemed to have children missing from each house.

Every eight minutes a child goes missing in India and more than 3.6 million children are kidnapped for sex slavery. Most victims come from the impoverished and marginalised communities of the country with West Bengal among the biggest source pockets.

Jishhu Sengupta, Vidya Balan, Kamal Haasan, Rajkummar Rao and Puneeth Rajkumar have lent their voices to the film in Bengali, English, Tamil, Hindi, and Kannada respectively.

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The trailer of Amoli was launched recently.

The film releases tomorrow.


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