Priyanka Chopra Jonas ‘and Blumhouse Productions’ latest horror thriller Evil Eye marries traditional Hindi film trends such as reincarnation and the cycle of karma with a powerful feminist message. Directors Rajeev and Elan Dassani say they loved writer Madhuri Shekar’s concept, which took advantage of a mother’s fear that her daughter might be abusive, to make a bigger point about domestic violence. “It speaks of the mother’s own trauma and her fear that her one day abusive relationship would have cursed her daughter. We used the supernatural to explore social issues such as domestic violence,” Rajeev begins.
The director duo credits actors Sunita Mani and Sarita Choudhury for significantly improving the material. However, the road was fraught with challenges. Rajeev says creating a supernatural thriller without legitimizing superstition was a tricky slope. “We wanted to use superstition as a storytelling tool, but we also wanted to respect that many believe in horoscopes and these ideas.”
The film brings up the point that the blame for abuse is never on the woman. “What mattered most to us was the message of the film. It was crucial to show Usha [Choudhury’s character] that she didn’t have to blame herself for what happened to her when she was younger, and that she and her daughter had the strength to transcend men like Sandeep [boyfriend]”Rajeev adds. Elan takes the idea aside, stating,” It was an empowering feminist story from the start. “
With Chopra’s support, the Amazon Prime Video offering has desi roots. Quiz Elan about how the film promotes the display of ethnic stories on the world screen, and he says: “We hope that the film can show people that cultural stories can be told in different genres, without dwelling too much on the culture itself. just another part of the story. That said, we are always concerned about portraying characters authentically. Here we have done our homework and strived to portray this world as accurately as possible to the lived experience of many Native Americans and Native American Americans. “
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