The film is based on a real incident that took place at the border areas of Karnataka and Andra Pradhesh. The film depicts the cruel and inhuman practice followed by a ‘Koracha’ tribal community who inhabit the place. They depend on weaving of bamboo baskets for their livelihood. From ages the male chauvinism dictated norms of their dastardly practices of selling young girls and widows like cattle and stock to a potential buyer from the same sect. The daughters are looked upon as a means of earning money from the moment they attain puberty. This age old practice never gives a girl an opportunity to grow up normally, as seen in other communities
Jaaji is a widow, having lost her husband at a very young age. Her ancestors had migrated from Andhra Pradesh and presently her family is settled in a village named ‘Bande Bidanuru’ one of the villages located on the border. Her father-in-law Sanneeraiah is a drunkard. Jaaji wants to make her only daughter Radha, literate so that she can stand on her own and escape from the barbaric brutalities of the sect
Sanneeraiah quotes his sons’ debts and borrows money from Gopanna. Jaaji decides to separate from her in-law, goes to her elder brother’s house to try and begin a new life. In a few days Gopanna comes to Jaaji. He quotes that he has bought her and she refuses to go with him. This becomes an issue. Gopanna calls for a village meeting where the elders decide that Jaaji should go and live with Gopanna
Jaaji gets an opportunity to learn about the constitutional rights of women, through her daughter and Inspired by this, Jaaji unites all neighbouring women of her sect and succeeds in conveying the clear message of constitutional rights of women, to the elders of the sect, to raise their voice against and to curb the age-old tradition of selling women
In the next village meeting, all the ladies of the village protest against the tradition by staying away from their household activities. Finally the film ends with a symbolic presentation of Jaaji’s protest for her rights.
|Producer:||ANIL NAIDU, ARUNDATHI M, AMARAVATHI M|
|Cast:||SUDHARANI, RAJESH. N, PRAKASH BELAVADI, SHASHANK, ARUN KUMAR, RATHAN KUMAR|
Several renowned personalities of filmdom come from stage. One such intellectual with a rich experience of the creative media is K. Shivarudhraiah, who made an indelible mark in the Kannada Film Industry. With his four decade experience as an Actor, Director and a well known Pictorial Wild Life Photographer, he has won several accolades from the small and big screen alike. Chaitrada Chiguru his debutant film in Kannada in 1999 was adjudged the best film and also fetched him the best Director award with a gold medal from the Govt. of Karnataka.