4 Jun 2012
This Saturday, Udaan members were invited by Bollywood director Amole Gupte to attend Cinema 100, a celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema hosted by the Whistling Woods International Institute of Film, Fashion & Media. The girls played games and took quizzes, explored galleries of photos and other artifacts, and watched 3-D film excerpts from Indian classics like Sholay (1975) and Haqeeqat (1964). After the screenings, they took photographs with Bollywood directors Gupte, Chetan Anand, and Whistling Woods founder Subhash Ghai.
While Gupte is a prominent Bollywood actor, director, and screenwriter, he has been actively involved with AAWC for the past four years. Known affectionately to the Udaan girls as “Amole Mama” (“Uncle Amole”), Gupte frequently attends AAWC’s celebrations of Raksha Bandhan and Bhai dooj, both Hindu festivals honoring the bond between sisters and brothers.
One Udaan member, aged 12, said, "I liked watching the classic movies and playing games with the volunteers. It was my first time visiting a film city [film studio]!" Another, also 12, added, "I learned so many things on this visit...I especially liked watching the presentation given by the film students on animation and 3-D effects. I had a lot of fun!"
About Apne Aap Women’s Collective
Founded in 1998, Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) serves the women, girls, and toddlers of the Greater Kamathipura Area, one of the largest and oldest red light areas in Asia. By providing its members with the tools and resources to create a better life, AAWC seeks to empower women who have been trafficked into brothel-based prostitution and to prevent intergenerational trafficking of girls and young children who grow up in the brothels. Since its inception, AAWC has served more than 1,300 women, 600 girls and 350 toddlers. Learn more at www.aawc.in.