Mangalachar (the welcome song) explores the world of cancer and beyond. It is a story of a young bride and her life’s journey as seen before and after she is stricken with brain cancer. In the backdrop of her struggle against cancer, the film journeys to explore the softer issues which are currently being overlooked by the modern technology-overloaded treatment practices for life-limiting diseases like cancer. In the process, the film tries to highlight the importance of more meaningful and economical ways of dealing with deadly diseases like cancer.
Mangalachar is a film made for the common audience by treating a medical story cinematically with the use of the cultural metaphor of a folk song with a philosophical overtone. The implications of a life-limiting disease are not only medical but stretch on to issues which are social, psychological and spiritual as well. The film tries to demystify the layers of information and misinformation for the benefit of the common audience.
About The Director
OP Srivastava (Director & Producer)
After 30 years in the corporate world as an investment banker, OP Srivastava decided to set up a production house christened REELISM FILMS (www.reelismfilms.in), with the help of friends and family with the sole objective of making cause-based films.
Reelism Films made its first fiction film MISSED CALL, in 2006, which till date has been screened at 15 International Film Festivals, besides representing India in Cannes 2007 and being declared as the Best International Feature Film at Red Sea International Film Festival, Israel 2008.
Srivastava, a National Award-winning filmmaker, has produced various cause-based documentaries like A Few Days More, The Elite Neighborhood, Life in Metaphors, and Mangalachar etc.
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