The Kannada film Nanu Kusuma, which shows the reality of how women are discriminated against despite strict laws, was screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
Speaking to media during the Table Talk program on Tuesday, director Krishnegowda said Nanu Kusuma reflects the reality of our patriarchal society, where injustices are inflicted on women even if they have strict laws.
The film is based on a short story by Kannada author Dr. Besagarahalli Ramanna who wrote the book after a real life incident. “Women’s empowerment and women’s safety are at the core of this film. My preference is to make films on subjects that could convey a message to society,” said Krishnegowda.
Nanu Kusuma is the story of Kusuma, the daughter of a loving and caring father who has big ambitions for his daughter. But fate has other plans and her father dies in an accident, throwing her life into chaos. Kusuma, who wanted to be a doctor, dropped out of medical school due to a financial crisis. She gets her father’s government job for compensatory reasons. But Kusuma’s life takes a dramatic turn when she is sexually abused.
Sharing how daunting it was to portray Kusuma, actor Greeshma Sridhar said the process was disturbing and exhausting because he’s in this state of mind all the time.
“It’s the story of women who are constantly cornered and find themselves surrounded by problems without doing anything wrong,” said Greeshma Sridhar.
She also said it was heartbreaking to say there was no shortage of material on this particular topic, making it all the more difficult to grapple with.
The film was screened in the Indian Panorama Feature Films section.