Sameer Sinha will begin shooting his bilingual, ‘498A — The Misuse’ , with Romit Raj, Kanchana Moitra, Moubani Sorcar and Sania Chaudhury
In recent times, some online forums had debated the need of a film that speaks about the misuse of IPC-498 A. The latest news is that a bilingual film on this subject is being made out of Kolkata. Titled “498A — The Misuse”, the film will highlight the way some women in urban India are taking refuge in the law to harass men. The film will be made in Hindi and English and will be shot in Kolkata and Pune. Starring Romit Raj in the lead, the film also marks the non-Bengali language film debut of Kanchana Moitra and Moubani Sorcar.
Incidentally, the Supreme Court, reacting to a writ filed in 2005 ( Sushilkumar Sharma v/s Union of India), had termed misuse of 498A as legal terrorism. It is this menace that director Sameer Sinha wants to highlight through the film.
While the laws were formulated to actually help oppressed women of rural India, today there is a large section of men who are harassed by the misuse of the laws by women in urban India. What does a man do if he is falsely implicated by 498A? What happens to a man if he is trapped in a bad marriage? While doing the research, I found that there are thousands of victims who have never been addressed. It’s an academic subject and has hardly been addressed by anyone. Our film is about what a man or his family ought to do if he finds himself in such a situation,” Sameer says.
Incidentally, the story is about a young couple (Romit and Sania Chaudhury) who fall in love. But once the marriage turns bitter , Romit wants to come out of the marriage . But Sania misuses 498A to trap Romit. The film is about how Romit tries to come out of the mess. “I wanted someone who is fresh but has worked in the industry. In this film, Moubani is playing Romit’s saviour. While I had auditioned a lot of girls in Kolkata, it was only Moubani who fit the bill at the screen test. Sania, who is from Kolkata and is now working in Telugu film industry, plays Romit’s wife. I liked Kanchana’s work in “Bye Bye Bangkok” and, hence, cast her. Through the film, I want to tell the youth that it’s good to know the person well before taking the plunge. Otherwise, the legal system is such that it might unnecessarily make one pay a heavy price for it.” Says Kanchana, who plays a psychopath in the film, “Some of my friends from the film industry have been victims of the misuse of this law. I have seen how they’ve suffered silently. Since this film will convey a very serious message, I was more than eager to be a part of this venture. In the movie, I play a loner, who has a negative influence on her sister and helps her to legally plot against her brother-in-law . I am comfortable speaking Hindi and with a language coach on board, I see no problems doing this bilingual movie.”
Shooting for the film will begin in Kolkata on April 17.