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In Tied in a Knot, an hour-long film, Kukreja travels to 226 villages in Alwar, Rohtak and Rewari apart from Jhunjhunu to track down the stories of oppressive inter-region marriages. She also visits Balasore in Orissa, the parental home to many girls married off in Haryana and Rajasthan. "What struck me the most was the poverty. Most of these girls belong to small farmers or landless families. The families loved their daughters but could not afford the dowry that local men demanded," says the filmmaker.
Kukreja says that speaking to the women unfettered was a challenge while filming. Wisened by satellite TV, the villagers were nervous that Kukreja was a sting reporter or would show them disparagingly in a reality show. Helped by several NGOs, Kukreja managed to break the ice and filmed around 47 hours of footage. The final cut paints a poignant picture of young girls in unfamiliar surroundings trying to build a home against all odds.
The film will be screened at India International Centre today at10 am. Contact: 24619431