Updated March 10th, 2024 at 22:12 IST

Jharkhand Farmer, Man Who Inspired To Kill A Tiger, To Join Oscars Gala With Makers

To Kill A Tiger by the Indian-Canadian director Nisha Pahuja is in the race for the Oscar and the spotlight is on Ranjit, a Jharkhand farmer.

To Kill A Tiger poster | Image:To Kill A Tiger/Instagram
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Priyanka Chopra Jonas was the star at a special screening of 'To Kill A Tiger', a soul-searing documentary feature by the Indian-Canadian Emmy-winning director Nisha Pahuja. The film is in the race for the Oscar and the spotlight is on Ranjit, a Jharkhand farmer who's the 'hero' of the documentary.

Jharkhand farmer at Academy Awards 2024

In the words of TV actor Sahil Salathia, who attended the exclusive screening on Saturday night at the Netflix headquarters in Los Angeles and Instagrammed about it: “Ranjit ji is an Indian farmer who supported his daughter (right till the end!) who was traumatised by life and the society. We need more role models like him in India.”

 

It took Pahuja eight years to make To Kill A Tiger. The world now knows about Ranjit's brave fight and his daughter who was raped is now a young woman nurturing the dream of joining the police and fighting acts of violence against women.

Meet the team of To Kill A Tiger

Indian American media personalities Mindy Kaling and Dev Patel have executive produced the documentary. And Priyanka came on board last month.

But as far as the odds of winning an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, which was bagged last year by Guneet Monga and Kartiki Gonsalves for The Elephant Whisperers, To Kill A Tiger is not a fancied candidate, with punters betting on either the Ukrainian war story, 20 Days in Mariupol, or Bobi Wine: The People's President, which is about the superstar singer-turned-challenger to Uganda's President for 35 years, Yoweri Museveni.

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Writing about Pahuja, Sahil noted: “You are exactly the filmmaker the world needs! The impact of your documentary is intensely high. I am anyway a very sensitive man and I take immense pride in that. I was crying like a 13 year old ... picking 13 as a reference because the victim was 13 too when this horrific incident happened.”

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Commenting on the documentary, Sahil said: “[It] will break your heart and make you cry and feel so much anger in parts because some of us still blame the rape victim and are not ready to stand up for her or her loved ones who have been victimised.”

Sahil concluded his post with a reality check: "At the end of the documentary, statistics came in and my blood was boiling. Do you know ... in India, a girl is raped every 20 minutes (most of the cases are not even registered!) Let that sink in!"

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(with inputs from IANS)

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Published March 10th, 2024 at 22:12 IST