Film on Chhabi Rani gang rape & murder to hit floors soon

Bhubaneswar: The sensational Chhabi Rani gang rape and murder case that had sent shockwaves across Odisha and the country is going to be made into a movie soon. Bobby Islam, producer of the movie, will script and direct the film.

Two new faces, Aman and Chandrani, will be seen portraying the lead characters in the movie. Besides, veteran actors like Siddhant Mahapatra, Mihir Das and Anu Choudhury will be seen in crucial roles.

According to Bobby, Chhabi Rani is not just a story of a girl belonging to Odisha, rather it relates to all those girls who suffer in life and every State in the country has a story of Chhabi Rani to be told.

“This is a story of the land of Odisha, so we tried to do something different from the current trend of stories in the film industry. We will start shooting for the movie from the first week of next month and it will be released on January 26,” said the director.

Who was Chhabi  Rani?

Chhabi Rani was a Bengali, originally a resident of Midnapur. She met one Naba Kishore Mahapatra in Puri and fell in love and later got married.

As both were unemployed then, they decided to go to Naba’s village Dhiasahi and from there they moved to Biridi village in Jagatsinghpur district. Later, Naba Kishore and Chhabi  Rani took up journalism.

The couple then started exposing corrupt activities going on in the region and in the process invited the wrath of the rich and influential people of the area. The couple was threatened with life for their writings but they refused to be cowed down and continued their honest and fearless reporting.

They were then tortured through a series of incidents and asked to leave Biridi village with their infant. They then decided to leave the village. However, while leaving the village they were intercepted by some men on the way near Biluakhaithe River. Chhabi Rani then forced Naba Kishore to leave with the baby. But she was caught by the men and gang raped and brutally murdered.

Later, Naba Kishore lodged a case against the culprits but all were acquitted by the Orissa High Court. However, the case reached Supreme Court and four among eight accused were convicted.