Lapachhapi

Foreign Language Feature
Runtime: 2 hr
Director: Vishal Furia

Background-
Some age-old Indian beliefs and practices give rise to tales of pure horror. One such practice is the ghastly tradition of female infanticide which is still practiced illegally in some rural and urban parts of India. India has lost three million girls every year due to female infanticide. According to a report – “Children in India 2012- A Statistical Appraisal” conducted by the Central Statistical Organisation, the female child population in the age group of 0-6 years was 78.83 million in 2001 which declined to 75.84 million in 2011.
Economic policies, regional and religious demographics, dowry system, famines and other reasons have led to this horrific practice in India.

The tale-
Lapachhapi is a haunting story of a young couple based in the heartlands of India. The wife Neha (Pooja Sawant) is eight months pregnant when the couple seeks shelter in a house hidden inside a sugarcane field. But the fields are ridden with secrets of the past which start unravelling as the film unfolds posing a threat to the mother and her unborn. The film is the story of a mother wanting to save her baby from these spirits out to get to the baby. It’s unique blend of the genres of Horror and Social Drama makes this a thrilling as well as an emotional story which is based on some horrifying facts of India – known as the land of snakes, ascetics and zealots.

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