Actor Priyanka Chopra has recently made her presence at the Toronto International Film Festival, for the premiere of her production ‘Pahuna: The Little Visitors’. She said this movie as her ‘Passion Project’. This project has allowed her to showcase the voice of the North-East on the big screen.
Pahuna is produced in Priyanka’s production house, Purple Pebble Pictures, which is co-owned by her mother Madhu Chopra as well.
The film shows how the people in a Nepalese village to flee to Sikkim due to activists violence. The story is about a little girl Amrita and her brothers Pranay and Bishal who flee with their parents, relatives and other villagers. As these people flee through the mountain forests, the little kids are told some frightening fireside stories by one of their uncles that Christian priests in white kidnap children and eat them.
In the deep jungle, Amrita and her two brothers get separated from the rest, and the film depicts how they survive by sticking together, how their fear that Christian priests are kidnappers almost comes true and how their story finally ends happily.
Priyanka spoke during the film’s premiere, “It was a hard film to shoot in the region but Paakhi and her team and my mom braved through it.”
Also she told that the motive of the film is to highlight the ignored people of north-east region of India, and how innocent children who get caught up in the violence.
Paakhi A Tyrewala, writer-director of the film said that Priyanka gave the Yes for the film, after 9-10 producers rejected it whom she approached.
“I was sick of being rejected,” she further added.
According to Priyanka,”This (north-east) is a part of India which does not get seen too much, does not get too many people coming and visiting. But it is a little piece of heaven.. the stories, these kids and the perspectives that you saw when it comes to conversions, when it comes to religion, when it comes to kids being replaced and not knowing their parents and where they are going…it is such a special and important story and I think Paaki told it very well.”
Well, we all wish Priyanka all the very best for her Dream Project. Hope that this film will do leave a great impact on the audiences as well as the Indian government.