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BJP MP praises <i>Wounded</i>

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006
New Delhi (UNI): Celebrities from the world of politics gracing special screenings of Bollywood films is not something new! However, seldom does one come across a luminary from the world of politics so effusive in his praise for the film's protagonist that words seem to flow ''straight from the heart''. A much too similar scene was witnessed as senior BJP leader and party incharge for Rajasthan Kalraj Misra attended a special screening of Krishna Misra's 'Wounded', recounting the story of Seema Parihar, a dreaded bandit whose very name spelt terror in the 1980s and 90s.

Emerging from the screening, at the Films Division Auditorium in the capital last night, Mr Misra clearly seemed to have been moved by the film's ''heart-rending'' tale where, for the first time in the history of Hindi films, the actual person, Seema Parihar, has enacted her life story on the silver screen. ''I have never before come across a more realistic portrayal of the life of a dacoit. It is indeed a unique effort in the history of Indian cinema,'' Mr Misra told UNI after the screening of the film, which follows the real life story of Seema Parihar's transformation from a simple village girl into a dacoit because of the atrocities committed by the system and police at large. ''The life led by Seema in the jungles during her years as a dacoit has been realistically captured in the film. What is unique about the film is that it has the victim herself telling her story on celluloid,'' the BJP leader said.

Mr Misra said the portrayal of the life of a dacoit in Wounded, which gives a first hand account of the life of Seema Parihar from her abduction by dacoit Lalaram to her final surrender in December 2000, was much realistic compared to that in Shekhar Kapur's Bandit Queen, based on the life of dacoit Phoolan Devi. Stating that watching the film had made him realise how excesses by the police had been, in a large part, responsible for people like Seema turning into dacoits, Mr Misra said,''I congratulate Krishna Misra for daring to make such a film.''

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