Film by FTII alumnus hopes to change lives of cannabis growers in Kullu

Rohan Swamy
One of the many odds that the film, Bom – One day ahead of Democracy, faced was to convince government agencies in Himachal Pradesh, particularly in Kullu, to help the people of Malana lead an alternative and sustainable lifestyle. The film that portrayed how the livelihood of people of Malana was devastated after the government banned growing of cannabis, citing its use as an illegal drug, has finally managed to get its way to the decision makers — a breakthrough that could finally bring about the change the film desired.
Impressed by the message the film intends to deliver, the Kullu police will be holding a special screening of the film for senior bureaucrats, politicians, judges and other officials on April 5 — a development the filmmaker, Amlan Datta, considers significant.
According to Datta, the Kullu superintendent of police approached him some time back asking for a copy of the film. “He saw the film and called me over the next day and told me that it would be nice if a screening of the film could be arranged for the officials so that they can sit down to working on the problem that Malana faces,” said Datta, a 1997-batch student of cinematography at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).
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