Dev Patel, Mindy Kaling To Executive Produce Documentary On Jharkhand Gang Rape
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India-West News Desk
LOS ANGELES, CA – Dev Patel and Mindy Kaling are taking on executive producer roles for the documentary “To Kill a Tiger,” written and directed by Emmy-nominated Nisha Pahuja (“The World Before Her”). The documentary is set to premiere at Film Forum in New York on October 20, followed by releases in other major cities.
Winner of the Best Documentary award at the 2023 Palm Springs Film Festival, and several other accolades, “To Kill a Tiger” narrates the compelling tale of Ranjit, a farmer from Jharkhand. The film delves into his relentless pursuit of justice for his 13-year-old daughter, a victim of a brutal gang rape. Ranjit’s transformation from an ordinary man to a symbol of social change is driven by his unwavering love for his daughter, setting off a significant societal shift that will resonate for years to come.
Indian Canadian filmmaker Pahuja expressed her dedication to the cause, telling Deadline, “Gender equity and justice within India have been central to my work over the past decade. With To Kill a Tiger, I encountered a story that simply had to be told because of the bravery, honesty, and resilience of the family at the heart of it.”
Kaling shared her admiration for the film, to Deadline, saying, “I feel so lucky to be part of this remarkable film by the gifted filmmaker, Nisha Pahuja. The story is heart-wrenching but triumphant and stays with you long after you’ve seen it.”
Dev Patel added his perspective on the documentary’s significance, emphasizing its role in challenging established norms and systems. He told Deadline, “To Kill a Tiger is not only a rallying cry to dismantle the patriarchal system, but also an inspiring anthem about the unwavering courage, resilience, and undeniable power of women.”
“To Kill a Tiger” is a poignant and powerful documentary that sheds light on crucial societal issues and highlights the transformative potential of love and courage in the face of adversity.
It is made with the assistance of The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Ontario Creates, and Rogers Telefund, in association with TVO and Knowledge Network. It is produced and executive produced also by Cornelia Principe, and David Oppenheim. Additional executive producers are Andy Cohen, Anita Lee, Atul Gawande, Andrew Dragoumis, Samarth Sahni, Deepa Mehta, and Shivani Rawat.