October 30, 2018
Maitreyi Foundation founded by Ms. Kamal Shabnam Kapoor is being revived by her children Director Producer Seema Kapoor. The Foundation has worked for the betterment of several women and children and motivated women in society to go ahead and achieve their goals. Taking this noble initiative further, Ms. Seema Kapoor held a screening of her Award Winning film for the all women station – Matunga Railway Station and MLA (Versova) and Social Activist Dr. Bharti Lavekar.
Writer and Director Ms. Seema Kapoor Felicitated Matunga Railway Station Woman Worker
Ms. Seema Kapoor’s Film “Haat – The Weekly Bazaar” has been to several Film Festivals in India and abroad including Tongues on Fire London Film Festival, Hidden Gems Festival, Canada, MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, Jagran International Film Festival, Jaipur International Film Festival amongst others and garnered immense acclaim. The Film has been written and directed Ms.Seema Kapoor who held this special screening for the Star Cast of the Movie including Ms. Divya Dutta, Ms. Aroushika Dey, Ms. Meenal Kapoor. Apart from the Cast & Crew, eight women from Matunga Railway Station which is an all-Woman’s Station, Ms. Jhanvi Kapoor, Mr. Boney Kapoor, and Renowned Singer Jaspinder Narula watched the Movie and applauded the Writer Director for thoughtful insight into the life of Rajasthani Women, based on a story of custom called Natha Pratha. The movie is all about how a helpless woman shows courage and takes a stand for her own dignity. In this period of time where everyone is encouraging woman empowerment, movies like “Haat – The Weekly Bazaar” inspire women`s to take stand for their self and for their respect, In this ’New Era’ of time still there are some corners of India were woman are not able to take stand for their self, this movie will inspire them to stand against all the odds.
Actress Janhvi Kapoor, Writer and Director Ms. Seema Kapoor
Ms. Seema Kapoor seemed very happy and content on the occasion as it was a moment of double celebration for her. “I have been long wanting to revive my mother’s foundation and today I have started working in this direction by felicitating the Railway Women and Dr. Lavekar. As a Filmmaker we make movies, but these are the people who in actuality live the movies by their strong grit and determination and fighting the odds on every single day.”
Ms. Jhanvi Kapoor too echoed the sentiments and said, “I am so honoured to be able to meet all these hardworking women and being able to honour them today. Seemaji’s film is such a motivation for all us women and to show that there is so much more that needs to be done for the women in the society and by the women of our society.”
Cast of Film: Divya Dutta, Archana Puran Singh, Mukesh Tiwari, Yashpal sharma, Aroushika dey, Ravi Kanvilkar, Meenal Kapoor and other artist.
About Maitreyi Foundation
Maitreyi Foundation was established by Seema Kapoor`s beloved, late mother, Smt. Kamal Shabnam Kapoor in the year 2000 post her retirement. She was a respectable Government teacher and reputed poetess. She was a fierce woman. She fought for social cause stood for justice, women empowerment, and charity and providing education to the underprivileged.
About The Director: Seema Kapoor
She had been involved with her father Shri Madanlal Kapoor in his Parsi Theatre since childhood. She has also been connected with puppet theatre in Delhi as puppeteer for 6 years from 1982-1988. Ms. Kapoor worked as a puppeteer at the Shri Ram Centre for Art & Culture, New Delhi and toured to perform and represent INDIA in reputed puppet festivals held in countries like U.S.S.R, Germany, Japan, Bulgaria, Canada etc. Since 1988 onwards she is actively involved in Writing and Directing TV Serials.