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Rajesh Touchriver goes the small way

Published: Friday, February 20, 2009, 15:03 [IST]

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Multiple award winning director Rajesh Touchriver, whose latest One Life, No Price, starring Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham and Preity Zinta, has been widely acclaimed by civil society organizations across the world, has come up with two thought-provoking short films Needalu in Telugu and Main aur meri Sachchaiyan in Hindi.

Needalu traces the journey of a victim of human trafficking from an insider"s perspective in which the protagonist shares the world of prostitution, organized crime, perverse clientele and torture with the audience. Starring Sree Mani, Sravana Jyothi and Sunil Raghav in the main cast, this short film aims at prompting people to become advocates to influence public policy in checking such instances.

Main aur meri Sachchaiyan is about a young woman in prostitution and addresses the aspects of stigma and discrimination that women in prostitution are subjected to. Nayani Dixit, Sunil Raghav and Sravana Jyothi are in the main roles. Vijay Kurakula scores music for both films, produced by Hyderabad-based NGO Prajwala.

Rajesh Touchriver has already made films in all languages in all genres, including music videos, ad films, short films, commercials, public service announcements, documentaries for social causes and feature films. He has won numerous awards that include The Charles Wallace India Trust Award (2001), Best foreign film Award Beverly Hills International Film Festival (2003), Best Film Award New port Beach International Film Festival (2003), Best Film Award Wine Country International Film Festival (2003), Best Foreign Documentary film Award Action Cut International Film Festival (2006), Best Editing Award Festival De Cine De Granada (2007) and Best Documentary Film Award Hyderabad International Film Festival (2008).

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