Pushpa Rawat plays Sita in the local Ramlila, opening up public spaces for women in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
For the first time in 25 years, when a woman fearlessly enacts a major role in a local Ramlila directed, enacted and established by men in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, change has to be around the corner. By agreeing to take on the role of the protagonist Sita, actor- filmmaker Pushpa Rawat not only makes the arena a safe place for families, women and children to congregate, but also opens new pathways for women’s participation in community affairs hitherto never encouraged.
About the Director
Pushpa Rawat has an MA in Philosophy, but her heart has been in filmmaking ever since she attended a filmmaking workshop by documentary filmmaker Anupama Srinivasan. That first brush with cinema drew her in and she continues to love the feeling of exploring the world through her camera. Nirnay is her debut film as director and been screened widely. She is a recipient of the TISS- SMCS Early Career Fellowship, under which she made Mod, winner of the Silver Award at the IDPA Awards for Excellence.