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세실리아Cecilia

  • Production Country : India
  • Category : Social·political
  • Original Language : Hindi
  • Format : HD
  • Production Status : Production
  • Production Schedule : 04/2014~10/2015
  • Number of Episodes : 83min * 2episodes
Log Line

Cecilia is the story of struggle for justice of a maid whose daughter is trafficked and found dead in Delhi.

Synopsis

When Pankaj and Sunaina got married, they decided to hire a maid for household chores. They approached a placement agency in Delhi that provided domestic helps and hired Cecilia by paying a one-time commission. Four months later, Cecilia gets a call that her 14 year old daughter who was studying in a village 1200 miles away, has been found dead in a house in Delhi. Later it becomes apparent that she was trafficked and placed in a house in Delhi as a maid. Cecilia decides to file a case against the trafficker and the family where her daughter was working. That's when the troubles start. Cecilia faces strong opposition from her own relatives and villagers who urge her to drop the case. When she refuses to do so, her husband goes missing from the village. Pankaj and Sunaina also start getting threatening calls to stay away from the case. The trio finally decide to travel to Cecilia's village to get some lead about her husband but their efforts prove futile. With every passing court hearing, the prospects of them winning the case appear bleaker. This makes Cecilia seriously consider out of court settlement.

Director / Producer
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    Pankaj JOHAR(Director)

    A one time financial consultant, Pankaj left his lucrative job to pursue his passion for films when he was 23. He worked as a television producer for 8 years before co-founding his own production company in 2008.
    Pankaj joined one of India's biggest media groups – NDTV in 2002 and was part of the core team that launched India's first lifestyle channel, NDTV Good Times. He later worked as a senior producer with India’s leading news channels and produced shows from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iceland and Burma. As a television producer, the content produced by him has won various media awards. The subjects have ranged from Global Warming’s impact on Arctic Ice to the Sri Lankan conflict.
    Pankaj’s first documentary, “Still Standing” won the best first documentary award from the Indian government and got the award of excellence from the Indian Documentary Producer’s Association. He has directed social and corporate films for clients like United Nations, Government of India, TED and Delhi Metro and worked as a consultant on Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s popular show on social issues, Satyameva Jayate. Pankaj was also the executive producer on Indian independent film Shuttlecock Boys. He is currently working on his first fiction film.

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    Pankaj JOHAR(Producer)

    A one time financial consultant, Pankaj left his lucrative job to pursue his passion for films when he was 23. He worked as a television producer for 8 years before co-founding his own production company in 2008.
    Pankaj joined one of India's biggest media groups – NDTV in 2002 and was part of the core team that launched India's first lifestyle channel, NDTV Good Times. He later worked as a senior producer with India’s leading news channels and produced shows from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iceland and Burma. As a television producer, the content produced by him has won various media awards. The subjects have ranged from Global Warming’s impact on Arctic Ice to the Sri Lankan conflict.
    Pankaj’s first documentary, “Still Standing” won the best first documentary award from the Indian government and got the award of excellence from the Indian Documentary Producer’s Association. He has directed social and corporate films for clients like United Nations, Government of India, TED and Delhi Metro and worked as a consultant on Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s popular show on social issues, Satyameva Jayate. Pankaj was also the executive producer on Indian independent film Shuttlecock Boys. He is currently working on his first fiction film.

Production Company
  • Name : Penny Wise Films Pvt Ltd

    Contact : +91 11 41587120 / pankaj.johar@pennywisefilms.com

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