In order to promote her debut film "Shakti Pirakkudhu", Usha Rajeshwari is screening her film across India. In Hyderabad, it will be screened on 16th December at La Makaan. The movie is produced by Madura Microfinance, and was written and directed by Usha Rajeswari of Prakriti Jiva Media.
Shakti Pirakkudhu is based on the true-life stories of many of the self-help group women of Madurai, as well as case studies of small businesses. The film's cast includes Devadarshini as Sundari, Sashi as Murugesan, Sampath as Rajamanickam, Vishalini as Pankajam, Soori as Velu, and Manaswini as Marikozhundhu.
Sundari is a young mother of two in a small village outside Madurai. She has joined a women's self-help group and wants to use the microfinance loan to start a business. Her husband is scornful of her ambitions, for she has never been more than a housewife. As she struggles to find her feet in a trade, the village erupts into a flurry of politics with the coming of a woman from the city looking to start a garment factory in the area. This is a story of a village woman trying to define what success means to her in the context of an expanding world view, and of a family struggling to find their equation at the crossroads of what is, and what could be.
Shakti Pirakkudhu was evolved out of numerous conversations with self-help group women in the villages around Madurai, and is intended to create a role model that inspires the rural poor to look at the larger world to raise their aspirations, and take charge of their own progress. It has received critical acclaim from various quarters, and has been screened in many cities in India.
Rajeswari is a gold medalist in Film Technology from the Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu, with specialization in Screenplay Writing and Direction. She has written, directed and edited films of different genres including documentaries, television shows, corporate films, short films and ad films on subjects such as environment, education, development, art and culture. This is her first full length feature film.
Entry is free for all. Please contact Aishwarya Mishra at 90300-21022 for further details.