The Open Secret
Plot Summary Four young film students decide on making a documentary on the lives of sex workers in the city of Kolkata. As they go on with the filming process, they come across the hardcore brutal reality of the world of prostitution. Their values and ideologies get
Four young film students decide on making a documentary on the lives of sex workers in the city of Kolkata, India. As they go on with the filming process, they come across the hardcore brutal reality of the world of prostitution. They start living in red light areas as a part of their research and development work. They derive an entirely different concept about prostitution from what they actually thought of. They discover that prostitution is just a business, unlike what it is shown in movies. Prostitutes have quite a loud life style but are actually very decent. They have a serenity in their minds, with their respective likes and dislikes. They also understand in the process that all of these prostitutes want to leave their profession and lead a normal life. It is because of the fact that the society won't accept them, makes them helpless at their choices. The prostitutes are honest and certainly free from hypocrisy.
The values and ideologies of these four film students get erased in time, only to bring out the real shades of them, the ultimate hypocrisy of the society. The film students shoot in the morning, but at night they make opportunities to end up sleeping with these prostitutes. It is a story of human nature. Decency and honesty do not require a 4-walled money invested education. The so called educated end up more into dishonesty and hypocrisy. The Open Secret is a conflict between humanity and the society.
The Open Secret, besides it's cast of young actors also stars 5 regular sex workers including a pimp being shot at Sonagachhi itself, who have acted and brought out the hellish conditions of a painful profession. Their words bring out how casual their profession is to them, and how exploiting the approach of the society is. A new life is an euphoria to them. They have dreams about their children whom they could educate and give a life afresh. They know that they have lost acceptance in the society, but the men who come to them are further sinful in betraying their daily lives. In their words, "There's a lot of strength in love. Hatred ruins the life..."
DirectorSoumodeep Ghosh Chowdhury
ProducerMonica Mohnot
Genres Black Documentary Experimental National Reality Women
Running time61 minutes
Year2019
Statusfinished
LocationKOLKATA, India
Known Crew crew
Soumodeep Ghosh Chowdhury Casting Director, Director
Monica Mohnot Producer
Known Cast cast
Deboprasad Halder DOP
Sanchayan Bera Pimp
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