Indian director Kavya Prakash opens her directorial career with Vaanku, about a young Muslim woman’s wish to lead the Islamic call for prayer, Adhan, generally done by men. When a young woman, Razia, expresses her wish to lead the prayer, it sets rolling a ripple effect in her family and society around.
Well known Malayalam author, Unni R’s short story Vaanku, published in 2018, narrates Razia’s journey as she seeks to find her voice on a spiritual journey. Unni’s story now comes alive onscreen with debutant director Kavya Prakash’s upcoming Malayalam film, Vaanku, releasing theatrically in Kerala (India) on January 29. em>Vaanku also marks the debut of Shabna Mohammed as screenwriter and actor. Anaswara Rajan plays the lead role of Razia.
Kavya, daughter of noted Indian filmmaker V K Prakash – two times Indian national awardee – speaks with Mythily Ramachandran on Vaanku and her journey into cinema. Continue reading on THE FEMALE GAZE.