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Mai Ri (Oh! My Mother...Before The Dawn)

The film sets to deliver the message that every girl has a right to dream and change their lives, irrespective of social status.
Mai Ri (Oh! My Mother) discovers the truth hidden behind the darkness and shows how she, despite all atrocities, comes out as a winner.
There are many communities where women are still struggling for their identity.
The film depicts the dark side of human nature which has made female foeticide, domestic violence, illiteracy, girl child abuse, molestation, gender bias, superstition in existence.
The story features an innocent girl Chhutki. In spite of bearing tortures of her cruel Grandmother, she turns towards the education. Sugna, the daughter of a teacher, motivates her in this movement. A ‘Jantar-Mantar Tree’ (Magical Tree) which is the symbol of superstition in the village, Sugna uses that tree as a weapon to keep Chhutki away from the evil traditions.

  • NARENDRA SINGH
    Director
  • NARENDRA SINGH
    Writer
  • PRATEEK CHALANA
    Producer
  • SYNA ANAND
    Key Cast
  • SURAJ PRATAP SINGH
    Key Cast
  • SHOBHA CHANDER PAREEK
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Mai Ri...Before The Dawn
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    7,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Language:
    Hindi
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 1080p,
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - NARENDRA SINGH

Movies have always fascinated him and he has been enthralled by the technicalities and aesthetics of film making from his early years.
He is a film maker because of his insatiable thirst for stories. He loves hearing, watching and telling them.
Movies are just a medium. He believes in the power of imagination, new experiences and travel. He chose the medium of short films to explore due to limited resources and it is something that has taught him a lot.
He has done a Diploma in Theatre & Film Technology to know more about this field.
His 7 years in Theatre & Film making have included work in documentaries, Tele films & short fictions. Also have experience as an acting instructor.
Now he is working for betterment of film making sense and he has made himself busy with some creative scripts and trying to bring out new characters.

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Director Statement

When I came to know about the conservative traditions that prevalent in some communities of rural Rajasthan. So I made a film on this subject to show the dark side of orthodox mindsets of people. I want to create films that have something positive to say. This film touched me, it challenged me. I remember it still.
Complex & Crispy Dialogues in the language of that community and body language of the characters in the film was the most difficult task. But it was very important to suit the milieu of the story.