Rani faced a knowledgeable crowd after the premiere of "Mardaani", produced by Yashraj Films, on Wednesday. The film was screened at the prestigious Muranow theatre. Only films that have substance make it to Muranow and "Mardaani" proved that it was unlike other Bollywood masala films which Polish audiences have been watching for the past decade.

The audience was not only impressed with the film but also with its leading lady, who was specially invited to interact with the public. The actress rose to the occasion and took questions with great confidence for more than an hour.

"It is a great pity that because of global terrorism, people are not paying enough attention to the other problem like global human trafficking particularly of young girls. This is also a huge billions of dollars racket just like drug mafia.

"The vultures are always on the look out for human flesh. To meet this huge challenge there should a huge response from the NGOs all over the world," said Rani. The actress feels that the success of the film has helped in raising the issue of human trafficking with many NGOs coming forward to abolish the social evil.

"The success of 'Mardaani' has raised the problem and many NGOs have come out openly to work in this direction...A picture conveys the message more potently. This medium should be used more extensively and honestly. Yashraj Films understands its social obligations more seriously than many other productions," said the actress.

"The director of photography of 'Mardaani', Artur Zurawski, a Pole, has done a great job. The film would not have been that big but for Artur's sensitivity to excel," said Rani. Both Rani and Artur were given special awards by J. J. Singh, president of the Indo-Polish Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IPCCI) for their contribution to promote understanding and business in the film sector.

Both of them promised to work together in the near future."Poland was now on our radar screen and we will select Polish locales for shooting in the near future. The cost of production is almost half. After all it was Yashraj Films' film 'Fanna' which had shot its climax on Polish mountains nine years ago and we were the first in Poland," Avtar Panesar, vice president, international operations of Yashraj Films, said.


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