FIJI NEWS

‘Suraji’ draws viewers

By LITIA MATHEWSELL The premier of Fiji’s first bi-lingual film attracted a large number of spectators to the Damodar Village 4 cinema in Lautoka on Saturday evening. Set in Fiji’s
15 Oct 2012 09:08

UniStudio Director Dr Ravi Malik (left) with FNU Vice Chancellor Dr Ganesh Naidu during the premier of the locally produced film SURAJI at Village 4 cinema on Saturday night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

By LITIA MATHEWSELL

The premier of Fiji’s first bi-lingual film attracted a large number of spectators to the Damodar Village 4 cinema in Lautoka on Saturday evening.
Set in Fiji’s girmit era, Suraji (Empress of the Sun) was directed by academician Mohit Prasad and explores the challenges and shift to freedom of a group of indentured Indian plantation women struggling against the discrimination of their colonial masters.
Using both English and Fiji-Hindi dialogue, the film stars lead actors Shaiza Janif and Hugh Fasher. It is Mr Prasad’s first feature film.
Suraji was shot on location in Ba and Sigatoka with the help of local communities.
“A lot of the film’s production was enabled by people from the community. They offered their houses for accommodation and their cars for transportation, so this is very much a film based on the Fijian spirit,’’ Mr Prasad said.
“The subject of the film glances at the indentured system and the transition from the indentured to freedom.
This film is about a group of women who get pushed into a corner and the different ways in which they try to counter the oppressive ways, mainly due to the sugar refinery company and the whole idea of the colonial administration in Fiji,’’ he explained.
The film premier was also attended by a notable number and was part of the Fiji National University’s two-week film festival.




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