Nishtha Jain’s documentary ‘Gulabi Gang’, won her the Best Director Award in the International Competition section of Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF). The film is releasing on February 21 under PVR Director’s Rare banner.
The seven day festival dedicated to documentary, Shorts and Animation films concluded in Mumbai today.
‘Gulabi Gang’ tells the story of Sampat Pal and her group of women vigilantes and activists from Bundelkhand, who fight for womens’ rights and their empowerment. Armed with a lathi (stick) the Gulabis visit abusive husbands and beat them up unless they stop abusing their wives. The film has won several other award.
This 18 minute animation, set in the streets of Mumbai explores what happens when the ultimate Bollywood fantasy is applied in reality. It gives glimpse into the influence of Bollywood on real life in Mumbai, told through puppet animation. The award carries a Golden Conch trophy and Rs 500,000 cash.