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Screening of a Documentary film “Bachelor Girls”

November 30, 2016

Screening of a Documentary film “Bachelor Girls”
A film by Shikha Makan
Organized by Bangalore International Centre (A TERI Initiative)

screening-of-a-documentary-film-bachelor-girls-a-film-by-shikha-makan-at-bangalore-international-centreMs. Shikha Makan
Film Director and Writer

will be in conversation
Ms. Shoba Narayan
Author and Colunist

Ms. Arundhati Ghosh
Executive Director, India Foundation for the Arts

Chair and Moderator
Dr. Sujata Kelkar Shetty
Life Coach, Health Columnist and Musician

About the film
In the heart of, Mumbai, the leading urban metropolis of India, single independent women are facing housing discrimination because of their status of being ‘unmarried’. ‘Bachelor Girls’ as labeled by the society, struggle to find homes amidst many biases, and question the idea of freedom for women in today’s modern India.

Single, independent and a woman, the words may sound new age and progressive, but clearly make the worst combination for a woman looking for an accommodation in India’s leading urban city of Bombay. It is surprising that in a modern India today, where on one hand we exalt ‘freedom’ of women, on the other continue to view them through the prism of being married’ and ‘unmarried, even in basic matters of housing! Through a series of thought provoking interviews, Bachelor Girls recounts stories of women, who are braving new choices, defying stereotypes, struggling and succeeding in their work spheres, but still looking for a home to call their own…

Quotes on the film by prominent media/ personalities:

1) A lovely little documentary about a big problem – Kalki Koechlin @Twitter
2) Compelling – Nandini Ramnath,
3) Bachelor Girls is a very important documentary on travails of single women – Hrishikesh Kanan, Radio one @Twitter
4) Film must be shown all over – Sidharth Bhatia, The Wire @Twitter
5) Bachelor Girls will resonate with women living alone in the cities – First
6) Bachelor Girls captures the essence of struggles of single women –

About Ms. Shikha Makan
Film maker and screenwriter Shikha Makan is a prominent ad- film director in Indian advertising. Her latest feature length documentary ‘Bachelor Girls’, is being critically acclaimed as an important film of our times, questioning the idea of freedom for single women, in wake of housing discrimination faced by them, in today’s modern India. A Masters in Psychology from Delhi University, once jockeying on FM radio, Shikha’s versatile skills in unfolding human stories extend from film making to street photography & travel writing. Her short experimental film ‘Linger’ was part of the festival circuit in 2011. She is also an alumni of Japan Foundation’s JENESYS programme, hosted by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Japan.

About Ms. Shoba Narayan
Shoba Narayan is an author and columnist. She writes about food, travel, fashion, art and culture for many national and international publications. She is the author of three books, Monsoon Diary, Return to India and Katha.

About Ms. Arundhati Ghosh
Arundhati is the Executive Director of India Foundation for the Arts, an independent grant making body that supports arts and culture projects across the country. She sits on various Boards and Advisory Panels including those of the Beyond Sight Foundation, the Archive of Indian Music, the Seagull Foundation for the Arts, the Indian Writer’s Forum Trust, The Museum of Arts and Photography, Bangalore and Barapani. She often speaks and writes on arts and philanthropy for leading Indian and international non-profit and cultural networks. Films are a passion that she shares, with living on her own.

About Dr. Sujata Kelkar Shetty
Dr Sujata K Shetty is a Life coach, Health Columnist and a musician. She assists people in leading happier and more fulfilled lives. She writes a health column for Mint Business Newspaper. She sings vintage Bollywood melodies for fund raisers and family events.

Shikha Makan will be present to handle the Q & A session after the Screening and conversation.

Duration of film: 60 minutes
Language: English & Hindi

Screening on Friday | 2nd December 2016 | 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore- 560071


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