Addressing folks who had just viewed her film at Bombay Cinema in Arlington, Revathy talked about the ups and downs of film making. The consensus at the theatre was in her favor and most of the people congratulated her, clearly appreciative of the fact that she was there amongst them promoting the film and asking for feedback. Taking the time to think and address every question put to her by the audience, she struck a unique rapport with the people present there, earnest, endearing and full of warm sincerity.
She started off by making a heart felt plea to all movie goers to refrain from renting pirated versions of films, on video and DVD. "For small films like Mitr, it makes all the difference. We cannot afford to have our film on video just yet," she said. "Please tell your friends and family, to see this film in the theater, it will mean so much to us." This plea was then repeated by the owner of Bombay Cinema Mr. Anil Mehrothra who said that the future of the theater was in jeopardy, due to decreased revenues of ticket sales resulting directly from the illegal renting of pirated film videos and DVDs. Mr. Mehrothra added that he, as a fan of good cinema, felt compelled to promote Mitr based on the merit of this film and its talented young director.
I spoke to her after she had answered all the questions and posed for numerous photographs with her fans. Despite her tiredness, having just driven down from NY for the screening, she seemed very enthusiastic about talking to me and others about her film.
Chitra: What has the reaction been so far to Mitr? How are people responding to the film?
Chitra: How do you feel about the film yourself, are you pleased with the end product?
Chitra: In terms of financing and publicity, did you have any one from the film industry backing your efforts?
Chitra: This is the first Indian completed by a crew comprised entirely of women. Any comments?
Chitra: Did you ever think of doing the role of Laksmi (played in the film by Shobhana) yourself?
Chitra: Why this story, did you have any message you wanted to convey?
Chitra: What about your acting career?
When we leave Revathy, she is surrounded by fans waiting to discuss her thought-provoking film.
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