THE INCESSANT FEAR OF RAPE
TOTTAA PATAAKA ITEM MAAL
India, 2018, 109′
Delhi is known as the rape capital of India. Four women from various parts of the Capital, (which is a vast union territory aside from being a city), meet by chance in a ‘ladies only’ taxi ride. Getting into an altercation with a man who’s teasing them, they end up choosing to make an example of him. They kidnap him, break him first physically, then mentally, keep him hostage, and bring him to the point of gang rape. Will they succeed in sending out a message to men all over India? Will they see the change they want? Will the darkness they chase, also make its own pact with them in the process? Tottaa Pataaka Item Maal, (The Incessant Fear of Rape), tries to explore these questions.
Singapore based director Aditya Kripalani is a script writing graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India. Aditya Kripalani has been the Creative Head of IDream Production, the company that distributed Monsoon Wedding in India. He’s been credited as the Script Consultant on multiple award-winning films like ‘Tahaan’, and ‘Jogwa’. Since 2008 he’s written 4 bestselling novels and Tikli and Laxmi Bomb, his third novel, became his first film, which he wrote, directed and produced. Along with being screened at a lot of film festivals, the film won the Best Film award at the 9th Berlin Independent Film Festival, Best Film- Gender Equality award at the 20th UK Asian Film Festival in 2018 and once again Best Feature at the New Jersey Indian & International Film festival, 2018. Tikli and Laxmi Bomb also had its Singapore Premiere Show in May 2018 and received an overwhelming response for the audience. Aditya Kripalani has also been a writer and Creative Director in advertising in India, Singapore & Malaysia with wins at Cannes, the Korean Ad Stars and the Malaysian Kancil awards over the years.