Garhwal Post, April 1, 2007
Dehradun, 31 March: The second Uttarakhandi film made on the statehood movement is all set for release in the third week of April. Garhwali film â€˜Aaj do, Abhi doâ€™ is a digital film and is likely to hit the silver screen with a fresh perspective on the agitation.
Commenting on the film, Pradeep Bhandari, Director of the movie, says, â€œThe movie is complete and we are waiting for the examinations to end. The film is likely to be released after 15 April.â€
â€˜Aaj do, Abhi doâ€™ captures the pain of the Uttarakhand movement activists. The story hovers around a mother and his son, who loses his life in the Muzzafarnagar incident. The suffering of the mother remains even after the formation of a separate hill state.
The movie argues for better treatment of the dependents of those who sacrificed their lives during the statehood movement.
The first film on the Uttarakhand agitation was released in May 2003. â€™Teri Saunâ€™ was written, produced, and directed by Anuj Joshi, a Mumbai-based television serial director. Garhwali poet Madan Duklan, who is also Editor of â€˜Chitthe-Patriâ€™, wrote the songs and Alok Malasi served as the music composer.
â€˜Aaj do, Abhi doâ€™ has been produced by Kamlesh and directed by Pradeep Bhandari. Alok Malasi has provided the music. Popular Garhwali VCD film actress Ruchita Kukreti is in the lead role.
Regional cinema in Uttarakhand has been awaiting a sustainable market to be able to take off. Digital film-making and the CD/DVD market are some of the technical improvements that could make these movies economically viable.