Film on Child Marriage Joyee
According to a survey conducted by UNICEF, around forty percent of the world’s child marriages happen in India. The girls are married off even before they turn eighteen. In order to stop this malpractice and to raise awareness among the common people, State Legal Authority, West Bengal in association with the director duo Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay presented a documentary of thirty five minutes titled Joyee. The film is based on the real life story of Bina Kalindi, who opposed her parents when they tried to marry her off at the age of fourteen.
The special screening of the film took place at Nandan III in the presence of the cast and crew of the film. Rituparna Sengupta, Devlina Kumar, Nandita Roy, Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay, Shashi Panja, Debasish Kumar, Amit Kumar Dutta and others were present at the occasion.
The film begins with Bina returning home from school to announce to her parents that she had been selected for the role of Kurupa in the play Chitrangada and she had also stood first in class. However to her dismay she finds that she will be married off on the day she was to perform in the school play. Her world comes crashing down. How Bina along with her school teacher Sarbani turns round and faces the world is what the film showcases.
Director duo Nandita Roy-Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay who had earlier made films on topical issues (like Muktodhara, Ramdhanu and the recently released Belaseshe) concerning society add yet another feather to their cap. The film is a gripping and well told tale of the life of the fighter Bina. To state facts in a straightforward manner and not go over the top in over sensitizing things is one fact that the director duo’s USP and they have kept this in mind while making this film too. The story, screenplay and dialogues by the director duo also match the tempo and feel of the film well.
Music by Binit Ranjan Moitra blend well with the storyline. The instrumental use of the song “Jodi tor daak sune keu na asse/ tobe ekla cholo re” when Bina is struck with remorse on hearing her wedding news is also apt. It touches the heart of the audience and they empathize with Bina.
The cast consisting of Rituparna Sengupta, Pradip Bhattacharya, Sanjib Sarkar, Devlina Kumar, Tanima Tat, Madhuri Chatterjee, Sraman Chatterjee have done justice to their roles. Devlina Kumar as Bina has done a good job as the village girl. Her lost eyes and her silence added a lot to her portrayal of Bina. Rituparna Sengupta as Sarbani also has done justice to her role. The director duo however should have paid a little bit more attention to Rituparna’s costume and makeup as she looks quite out of place in some scenes of the film.
Joyee has not been made to preach or drive a point. It has been made with the aim of creating awareness among people and stop this heinous crime of child marriage.