Actor Rekha Rana will be the protagonist of a film that will tell the real life story of Ameena, a 12-year-old from the Old City, who was sold to an Arab by her parents in the early 1990s. Ameena was rescued and brought home after a flight attendant, who saw her weeping on the plane, raised an alert.
Rekha, who is here for a promotional event, said she planned to meet Ameena, who lives in the Old City. The film, Yahan Ameena Bikti Hain , will be shot in Togo, Dubai, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
Rekha has won acclaim for her role in Tara: The Journey of Love and Passion , a film is by Kumar Raj Productions, which is now filming Ameena’s story.
Tara has been nominated for the Oscars 2015 in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The Hindi film was not nominated by India but by Togo. Hanubhai Sangani of HS Cinearts, who is one of the presenters of the film, is from the sub-Saharan country.
In Tara , Rekha portrayed the role of a woman from the Banjara community who battles entrenched notions of women’s place in society. The film was screened in 37 international film festivals and got 35 international awards, 12 of them for Rekha.
Rekha got her first break in films with Ab Hoga Dharna Unlimited in 2012, with its theme drawn from Anna Hazare’s hunger strike. She trained at the Barry John Acting Studio. Rekha has performed in two plays that ran to 170 theatre shows. Rekha is pleased with the offers in her kitty, which include an Indo-Saudi movie Rain , and I am Malala by New York-based producer Raj Rahi. One more film by the Hindujas is also in the offing, she said. “I wish to establish myself as an actor first. But if I get a good break, then I’m not averse to commercial cinema too. Though I’m not in a hurry to get one,” she said.