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Documentary film could be best platform to generate awareness among people for social cause-Maansi Sengupta (Film producer and Director)

Documentary film could be best platform to generate awareness among people for social cause-Maansi Sengupta (Film producer and Director)
By Dilip N. Pandit

A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record. Documentary has been described as a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception" that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.

Documentary films were originally called 'actuality' films and were only a minute or less in length. Over time documentaries have evolved to be longer in length and to include more categories, such as educational, observational, and even 'docufiction'. Documentaries are also educational and often used in schools to teach various principles. Social media platforms such as YouTube, have allowed documentary films to improve the ways the films are distributed and able to educate and broaden the reach of people who receive the information. A documentary film could be the best platform to generate awareness among people for social and education cause. In our country, there are many burning problem and social issues that must be addressed through mass media among women especially issues related to health and hygiene.  These views were echoed by young Film producer and Director Maansi Sengupta who spoke at length over various topics with Editor Dr. Dilip N Pandit in an exclusive interview with Alma Today.

Hailing from Kolkata, Maansi shifted to Mumbai with the passion of theatre. She got into modeling and commercial ads and went for producing and direction short movies. She worked with various established names and produced few award winning short movies including B for Balloon.

She appreciates the documentary  Gulabi Gang which is directed by Nishitha Jain, this film explores the daily lives of the fiery women of the Gulabi Gang, who empower themselves in order to fight against gender violence, caste oppression and widespread corruption. The film traces the journey of Sampat Pal, a movement that grew from an individual crusade to snowball into a veritable one comprising of large number of women of the Gulabi Gang. The film shows how the society has become a patriarchal one, wherein even female psyche is embedded with the thoughts of patriarchy as it refuses to speak the language of feminism. The film shows that the struggle for women’s freedom is long and a tiresome one.

B for Balloon a short movie created an impact in Miami Film Festival. It is a one pavement dweller, one dream, one Life. One chance to learn!!Matheno Films Presents a short film “B for Balloon was Written & Directed by Anmol Arora and produced by Mansi Sengupta & Jitendra Rai. It is made by the ALO Entertainment and The Footprints Productions

She is very passionate about direction as well..Film producer and director Hrishikesh Mukharji has been her ideal. Two of her latest venture in short movie will be released in May and June 2019 respectively. In acting, she appreciated the acting skills of Alia Bhatt who proved her mettle through versatile roles.  

She is also planning to make a documentary on socio-cultural and empowerment of women.