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Provocative, shocking and surprisingly tender amidst an explosion of unbridled emotions, “Prathyayam”(Trust) in telugu explores the consequences of sex trafficking, testing the vulnerability of trust in human relations.
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Rajesh was born in Kerala to a Malayali family. He inherited a flair for Kathakali, the classical dance of Kerala, from Siva Sankaran Nair, his father who was a veteran Kathakali artist. He also had some early training in Kalaripayattu, the martial art of Kerala. He took his Bachelor degree in Design and Direction from the School of Drama in Trissur, Kerala and directed more than 30 plays in Malayalam, English and Telugu. He worked with the National School of Drama, New Delhi as a designer in 1995. Rajesh won the Charles Wallace Trust Award and did his Masters in Visual Language/Scenography and Direction from the Wimbledon College of Art, London.
Rajesh's debut film In the Name of Buddha (2002) was premiered at the Oslo International Film Festival and won critical acclaim. The movie was nominated for the Best Debut Director category at the Cannes Film Festival. Though controversial in theme, the film is a non-partisan treatment of the ethnic conflict then raging in Sri Lanka with a hint of magic realism. The film was well received in many international film festivals in 2003 and won the Best Foreign Film award at the Beverly Hills International Film Festival, the Newport Beach International Film Festival and at the Wine Country International Film Festival in the same year.
Following the success of In the Name of Buddha, Rajesh directed the music video for "Sunshowers" for Maya Arulpragasam (M.I.A.). She is known for her "O Saya" with A.R. Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire which was nominated for the Oscars in 2009. Rajesh directed Ente Malayalam, a promotion for the Manorama Music channel to celebrate the 50th year of Kerala formation, capturing noted Malayali achievers against the lush landscape of Kerala in evocative frames.
Rajesh directed two Telugu films in the interim: 10 the Strangers and Alex, the Blue Fox. Besides feature films and music albums/videos, he has essayed other genres including documentaries, short films, ad films, public service announcements and commercials and won many accolades.
M.S. Rajesh & Sunitha Krishnan
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Sunitha Krishnan, Founder General Secretary of Prajwala, 'an eternal flame', is an eminent anti trafficking activist internationally known for her fight against girl child trafficking for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation.
She has been instrumental in rescuing hundreds of women and children from commercial sexual exploitation and restoring dignity.
Spearheading the anti trafficking movement India, Sunitha Krishnan has demonstrated that it is possible to prevent and combat sex trafficking. Till date over 6000 children of prostituted women have been prevented from being inducted into flesh trade, more than 7800 women and children have been rescued from sexual slavery and rehabilitated and millions have been sensitized on the issue of sex trafficking.
For her lifetime efforts Sunitha Krishnan has been recognized both nationally and internationally. Perdita Huston Human Rights Award, International Justice Award, Global Leadership Award, CNN-Real Hero, Vital Voices Human Rights Award, John Jay International Leader Award are some of the international recognition she has received. At the national level Government of India has recognized Sunitha Krishnan’s efforts by honoring her with Stree Shakti Puraskar (Woman Power Award), Vanitha Woman of the Year Award and National Child Welfare Award.
Provocative, shocking and surprisingly tender amidst an explosion of unbridled emotions, “Prathyayam”(Trust) in telugu and “Ente…”(Mine…) in malyalam explores the consequences of sex trafficking, testing the vulnerability of trust in human relations.
Srinivas(Siddiq) is a wonderful and devoted father to Durga(Anjali Patil), and he provides her the best. Working in the city and maintaining his family in a small town works well for him for years. One day everything is shattered when Durga comes unannounced to the city to appear for an interview concerning her college admission. Durga’s life is brutally torn apart as Srinivas wrestles with grief, remorse, self pity and guilt.
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