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ANOTHER FEATHER IN THE CAP OF AAFT (INTERNATIONAL CINEMA)

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Prof. Sandeep Marwah has joined hands with the upcoming television personality Ruchita Puri to produce a short film on an unusual subject – the ethos of an Indian royalty under trying circumstances. The story of ’The Widowed Bricks’ centres round the living queen of Kuchesar – a tiny kingdom some 80 km. from the national capital New Delhi . The lady of the house of the ruler of Kuchesar is a rare example of fortitude and a quaint mixture of the tradition and modernity. Educated at a renowned English medium girl’s school, the queen hailing from another tiny kingdom in Haryana state married young and lost her husband few years thereafter. Despite her so called liberal education, tender age, three children to rear and problems due to abolition of Zamindari, the queen has upheld the traditions of thirteen generations of the royality of Kuchesar in the best possible manner. The queen has brought up the two princes so as to carry forward the age-old family traditions to the next generation. Ruchita Puri who written the screenplay after researching the subject matter of the story for nearly two years, was fascinated by the grandeur of Mudfort – the palace of the kings of Kuchesar and the living queen ’s dependence on agriculture and horticulture as the source of revenue. Ruchita Puri was inspired do this project after watching the works of Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. Incidentlally, the entie crew of this film was constituted by the handpicked Asian Academy of Film & TV Alumni. The film is almost ready for the release.

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