Fighting Shadows: The Battle Within


n the depths of the country, away from the limelight, there are unsung heroes whose stories often go unnoticed. However, filmmaker Suparn S Varma aims to change that with his upcoming production, “Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai.” This power-packed courtroom drama, set to stream on ZEE5 from May 23, draws inspiration from true events and sheds light on two bravehearts who fought a relentless legal battle against a self-styled godman.

The narrative revolves around a tenacious lawyer, portrayed by the exceptional Manoj Bajpayee, who takes on an influential godman accused of sexually abusing a minor girl. Varma, renowned for his work on the critically acclaimed series “The Family Man” season two, believes that heroes can emerge from unexpected incidents that shape their identities.

The first hero in this story is the minor girl herself, who despite enduring unimaginable trauma, courageously fought for justice. For five long years, she navigated the complex legal system, from the Sessions Court to the High Court and ultimately the Supreme Court. The second hero is the small-town lawyer who fearlessly clashed with formidable opponents, refusing to succumb to their intimidation. Instead, he harnessed the system, using it to champion the cause of justice.

Varma acknowledges the challenges of bringing such a story, rooted in reality, to the screen. However, he credits the maturity of today’s audience, which craves diverse and challenging content. With a more receptive viewership, storytellers are empowered to explore narratives that delve deeper into relevant issues and present characters that offer something new and compelling.

Directed by Apoorv Singh Karki, known for his work on popular comedy web series, and with a screenplay by Deepak Kingrani, “Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai” marks Karki’s feature directorial debut. When approached with the opportunity, Karki felt an immediate connection to the cause of minor safety and knew he had to tell this story through film.

The film has not been without controversy, as the makers received a legal notice from Asaram, a convicted godman sentenced to life imprisonment for sexually exploiting a minor. The Sant Shri Asaramji Ashram Charitable Trust also objected to the film’s trailer, alleging defamation. However, the producers maintain that their focus is on telling the story of P C Solanki, the prosecution counsel for the girl. They emphasize that the film aims to shed light on a case with widely known facts and a publicized judgment, rather than targeting specific individuals.

Despite the challenges and controversies surrounding its release, Karki expresses his satisfaction with how “Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai” has shaped up. He believes that once the audience watches the film, all questions and controversies will be answered. With its powerful messaging and compelling storytelling, Karki is confident that people will embrace and appreciate the film.

“Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai,” produced by Bhanushali Studios Limited, Zee Studios, and Suparn S Varma, is poised to captivate viewers with its courageous narrative and thought-provoking themes. As it premieres on ZEE5, this film promises to shine a spotlight on the hidden heroes who fought against all odds, reminding us that even in the darkest corners, the light of justice can prevail.


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