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How much pain Bilkis must be enduring right now: Somy Ali

“I am a rape survivor. And in spite of those things having taken place when I was 14, I still have trauma and nightmares about my plight even in my 40s. This kind of suffering never dissipates”

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How much pain Bilkis must be enduring right now: Somy Ali

Strap: The actress turned activist outrages against the verdict of Bilkis Bano’s gang rape case

“I commend Javed Saab for speaking up and caring. I wish more celebrities would speak up about this injustice, too!”

“I am a rape survivor. And in spite of those things having taken place when I was 14, I still have trauma and nightmares about my plight even in my 40s. This kind of suffering never dissipates”

On August 15, when the entire country celebrated the 75th year of its Independence amid much pomp and splendor, 11 convicts who gang-raped a pregnant Bilkis Bano during the 2002 Gujarat riots were released by the state government. The irony was not lost on its citizens from across the world. What added salt to the wound was the felicitation and garlanding of the convicts at a political outfit’s office. Infuriated voices have been coming out in support of Bilkis Bano since the shock triggered by the verdict on I-Day. One such voice being that of former Bollywood actress turned activist, Somy Ali, who works closely with rape and domestic victims who’ve been rescued through her NGO, No More Tears.

“Garlands and sweets! I am sick to my stomach. What is happening in our society? They killed her three-year-old daughter. The barbarism of raping a pregnant woman itself should be enough to keep them in prison for life, let alone welcome them like they are some real-life heroes.” she fumes, adding, “As someone who has spent the past 15 years fighting to obtain justice for rape victims, I find this beyond abhorrent and blame everyone involved – right from the politicians to the law enforcement.”

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Bilkis Bano’s trauma brings back nightmares for Somy, who had opened up about being a victim of rape and child abuse last year. She says, “I am a rape survivor. And in spite of those things having taken place when I was 14, I still have trauma and nightmares about my plight even in my 40s. This kind of suffering never dissipates; one simply has to learn to live with it. While there is no barometer for who suffered less or more, each rape survivor deals with his or her distress in their own way. These deplorable men being released and welcomed is unfathomable to my psyche.”

She adds, “How much pain Bilkis must be enduring right now. This woman has been made to relive her trauma while she was still healing from it. And why is this not getting the same press or people with placards protesting as they did with the Nirbhaya case? The lack of commotion baffles me.”

The activist reveals that even in the US, culprits walk away scot-free if they have money, which goes hand-in-hand with power. “Sadly, this is a universal catastrophe and is not just specific to the US or South East Asia,” says Somy, who has been working towards creating an awareness about the plight of victims of rape and domestic violence. She informs, “Rape victims suffer in every way possible. Even in the US where there is a sexual assault taking place every 68 seconds, one is put on a waiting list to get a rape-kit test, which is a forensic medical examination to collect evidence left behind after the assault. When it comes to rape, there is simply no justice. This has been my experience of working with thousands of rape survivors through my NGO.”

When we ask Somy, what according to her will get Bilkis Bano justice, she replies, “Justice will be when I see these loathsome human beings (they don’t even deserve to be addressed as one) go back to prison.” She concludes by praising writer-poet-lyricist, Javed Akhtar for speaking out against the verdict on the Bilkis Bano case. “I commend Javed Saab for speaking up and caring. I wish more celebrities would speak up about this injustice, too,” she concludes.

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Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai wins at Ravivaar with Star Parivaar!

The Abhira evolution and taking bold steps have always been a part of our process, and have worked in our favour too

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Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai wins at Ravivaar with Star Parivaar!

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai (YRKKH) has been one of the landmark shows on Hindi television. This Rajan Shahi production is still on air, still going strong. The show wont the award at Ravivar with Star Parivaar. To celeberate it a cake cutting was organized on the set/

“For more than 13 years, YRKKH has been a show that connects with everyone in the family. It talks about the inter and intra-personal relationships among different family members, so people from all age groups have connected well with the show. We have always tried to be true to this texture from the first episode. It is just going for a one-year leap, Audiences will love the new texture of the show and the lead pair’s unique story ” says Rajan, who is also a storyteller, conceptualizer, and creative producer.

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YRKKH has always reinvented itself with time and Rajan gives the credit to the entire team for the same. Be it the writers, directors, creatives or production designers have contributed in keeping the look and feel of the show fresh every time. Even our trilogy concept also worked with the show. Initially, we had Akshara and Naitik, for eight years, and then it was Kartik and Naira, for six years, and now we have the new pair of Abhimanyu and Akshara,” he says.

Talking more on the trilogy, he adds, “This time too the love story has connected with audiences as it talks about the journey of a young couple who are in love and then they decide to get married.” What also worked in their favour are their efforts that have always been driven towards reinventing themselves. Karan Mehra – Hina Khan jodi was followed by Mohsin Khan and Shivangi Joshi’s jodi and the same legacy is being taken forward by Harshad Chopda and Pranali Rathod pairing. The Abhira evolution and taking bold steps have always been a part of our process, and have worked in our favour too”.

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Raymond And Ray Trailer Is Out

Raymond and Ray follows half-brothers Raymond and Ray who have lived in the shadow of a terrible father. Somehow, they still each have a sense of humour, and his funeral is a chance for them to reinvent themselves

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Apple TV drops the official trailer for Raymond And Ray, from Colombian filmmaker Rodrigo García.

Starring Ethan Hawke, Ewan McGregor, Maribel Verdú and Sophie Okonedo, the film revolves around 2 half-brothers who reunite when their estranged father dies and discover that his final wish was for them to dig his grave

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Raymond and Ray follows half-brothers Raymond and Ray who have lived in the shadow of a terrible father. Somehow, they still each have a sense of humour, and his funeral is a chance for them to reinvent themselves.

There’s anger, there’s pain, there’s folly, there might be love, and there’s definitely gravedigging.

Produced by Alfonso Cuarón, Bonnie Curtis, and Julie Lynn. This just premiered at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival this month, and is also playing at the Chicago Film Festival. Apple will release it from 21st October, 2022.

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Netflix Drops Cabinet Of Curiosities Trailer

Cabinet of Curiosities is a horror anthology series featuring sinister stories made by filmmakers such as Jennifer Kent, Guillermo Navarro, Keith Thomas, Panos Cosmatos, David Prior, Catherine Hardwicke, Vincenzo Natali and Ana Lily Amirpour.

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Netflix Drops Cabinet Of Curiosities Trailer

Netflix drops the official trailer for new horror anthology series titled Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

Bizarre nightmares unfold in eight tales of terror in this visually stunning, spine-tingling horror collection curated by Guillermo del Toro. This anthology features eight horror stories that challenge the classical horror genre.

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The antholgoy stars Essie Davis, Andrew Lincoln, Luke Roberts, F. Murray Abraham, Tim Blake Nelson, Sebastian Roché, Ben Barnes, Demetrius Grosse, Crispin Glover, Peter Weller, Sofia Boutella, and Rupert Grint.

Cabinet of Curiosities is a horror anthology series featuring sinister stories made by filmmakers such as Jennifer Kent, Guillermo Navarro, Keith Thomas, Panos Cosmatos, David Prior, Catherine Hardwicke, Vincenzo Natali and Ana Lily Amirpour.

Created and presented by Guillermo del Toro, based on his own short story of the same name. Netflix will stream the anthology from 25th October, 2022.

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