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We must address bullying menace in society : Vandana Kataria

Film ‘Noblemen’ screened at Loyola School

Jamshedpur, Sept. 6: Famous filmmaker Vandana Kataria on Thursday said that the menace of bullying is not just limited to schools and colleges but is prevalent in every part of the society. It is high time that it is addressed. Vandana, whose movie Noblemen based on the same subject is getting rave reviews, was in the city to witness screening of her much talked out movie at Loyola School.

Addressing a select media gathering at school campus, she said that the objective behind making the movie was to raise my concern over the issue of bullying.

“I have been visiting several boarding schools for my research. I got feedback on bullying that helped me make the movie. One of the key steps therefore is also to ensure a bully-free learning environment for our children which requires us to understand the menace of bullying in schools so that we can then address the problem in the right context,” she noted.

Noblemen, a thematic representation of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant Of Venice, tells the story of bullying in school. But its director Vandana Kataria hopes it is able to make a point about bullying at large.

Vandana Kataria, two times Filmfare Award winning production designer of Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Shanghai, and more recently Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is someone who’s learnt the production designing working her way through ad films.

An alumnus of the National Institute of Design, Vandana has used all her design skills in creating a bygone era with a mix of authenticity and fantasy she along with her team managed to bring the war era Calcutta to life. She has just completed writing and directing a film on the sensitive subject of “bullying” called Noblemen that features Kunal Kapoor in the lead role.

” I am really happy to be at Loyola School. Whether the film will bring change it is for the audience to see and judge for themselves. We used this opportunity to throw light on the issue of bullying in schools, but hope that the film will also draw parallels to bullying at large, from our schools, homes, social media, to our present political environment,” Kataria said.

On the occasion, Father Pius Fernandes, principal, Loyola School said that they recognises the need to tackle the menace of bullying and understands that is needs to adopt a nuanced approach, the first of which is to start a conversation on bullying. And in order to do this, Loyola School, is organising the screening of Noblemen in the Loyola School auditorium for principals, teachers, educators and parents.

The screening was organised in partnership with the SAREGAMA India Ltd., Loyola Alumni Association and Film Jharkhand. Rajiv Talwar, president, Loyola Alumni Association and Ronald D’costa also hailed the initiative to address the issue of bullying.

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