Oass is a story of innocence plundered and wisdom gained after much pain.
The hard-hitting 105-minute film inspired by a real-life trafficking victim, making waves in the film festival circuit, has a Jamshedpur connect.
Debasish Bhattacharjee (45), an alumnus of Little Flower School (1987 batch), is one of the producers of Oass, The Dewdrop, that has been shown at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival, Film Bazaar screening at IFFI Goa, the 10th Chennai International Film Festival and the 5th Bengaluru International Film Festival.
Inspired by the story of a tender 11-year-old girl from Nepal sold by her aunt to a New Delhi pimp, the film traces a trafficked victim's turbulent journey from pristine hills to dingy metro brothels where she faces inhuman torture to finally overcome all odds.
Directed by Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, the film stars debutante Dibya Chhetri and has well-known names Yashpal Sharma (Gangs of Wasseypur, Lagaan, Ab Tak Chhappan), Jameel Khan (Gangs of Wasseypur, Cheeni Kum, Chalte Chalte), Subrata Dutta (Talaash, Rakta Charitra) and others.
Bhattacharjee, who once wanted to be a sound engineer, is happy with his behind-the-camera outing.
Working as a media advisor with United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Bhattacharjee said he succumbed to creative stirrings when he heard Tiwari's script in Mumbai.
"When he narrated the script of Oass to me, I was left with a lump in my throat, visibly moved by the power of the story. Reading reports and statistics about child trafficking industry as a UN consultant is one thing and listening to real-life brutality that an 11-year-old trafficking victim goes through is another. In days, I'd made up my mind to produce the film," said Bhattacharjee.
The film was made by Kreative Harvest, a production house, and has another commercial film on floors.
Right now, Bhattacharjee is based in Bhubaneshwar and has made eight documentaries on various subjects related to his work. But, after Oass, he too wants to wield the megaphone.
"I am working on a script already which I will direct. Though Oass is very special to me, I prefer commercial cinema as it gives you a chance to invest profit in new interesting projects," is Bhattacharjee's practical take.