`Swabhoomi`s` subject still crucial: Mahasweta Devi

Last Updated: Jul 06, 2013, 18:22 PM IST

Kolkata: Author Mahasweta Devi says she is eager to see the film version of her novel `Adhaba`, written on the women whose husbands remained untraced after the Nandigram land acquisition movement.

These women whose husbands continued to be `missing` even today are neither `Sadhaba` (married), nor `Bidhaba` (widow) and they have become `Adhaba`, a word coined by the veteran author herself.

Directed by Ujjwal Chatterjee, `Swabhoomi`, the screen adaptation of `Adhaba`, will be released later this month.

"No idea how my story had been treated in the film. But
`Adhaba` doesn`t talk about married or unmarried woman. It refers to the status of women in society," Mahasweta Devi, who took part in the anti-land acquisition movement in Singur and Nandigram in 2006-07, said yesterday.

"However, I believe my plots, and the storyline, script of the movie remain as much relevant to the present times as these were when I had penned the story," said the Magsaysay awardee who had written the novel after the Nandigram stir.

One such `Adhaba` in the film is Saraswati whose character was created based on Shyamali Pramanik, a real life woman of Nandigram, said Debasree Roy, who is essaying the role.

"I remember how Shyamali broke down embracing me when we went to Nandigram... I was startled when I first came across the term `Adhaba`," said Debasree.

Shyamali would be brought to the city at the premier, said director Ujjwal Chatterjee who is producing the movie along with Ashtami Films.

"We have changed the word `Adhaba`, which must have been coined by Mahasweta-di, to Swabhoomi (own land)," said Ujjwal who has also directed 2003 Hindi film `Escape from Taliban`.
Besides Debasree, Tapas Paul and Jackie Shroff are other stars of `Swabhoomi`.