Mohenjo Daro to be screened at South Asian conference in US

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Pooja Hegde in a scene from the film. A leading US archeologist is supporting the epic. 

Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker’s film “Mohenjo Daro” will be screened at the 45th Annual Conference on South Asia in Wisconsin, US.

The annual conference that invites scholars, students, professionals and anyone interested in research on the region to Madison, Wisconsin, is a four-day event starting on October 20. The film will be screened on October 23.

The conference is the leading annual meeting in the US for scholars of South Asian studies, attracting over 700 participants from around the world, to participate in various panels on archaeology.

“When the conference chair Mitra Sharafi connected with me requesting permission to screen ‘Mohenjo Daro’ at their Annual Conference, I felt honoured and humbled,” Gowariker said in a statement.

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He added: “I thank Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, a leading archaeologist who has spent over 30 years studying the Mohenjo Daro and Harappa sites for supporting the film and sharing his knowledge.”

Released in India on August 12, the film marks the debut of Pooja Hegde. It is an epic adventure-romance story, and is set in the city of Mohenjo Daro in the era of the Indus Valley civilisation which dates back to 2,600 BC.

Kenoyer and his team had visited Mumbai to provide Gowariker with all the archaeological findings in the early stages of pre-production of the film. They even visited the set in Bhuj to see its construction and look at all the props that would be used in the film.

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So, when such renown experts in the field of archeology were in touch while the filmmaker was in the process of making the historical epic why do some people point fingers at the director telling there are historical inaccuracies? If Gowariker  made a complete historical film it would be nothing more than a documentary, he has said. Any epic film made for mass consumption is a mix of both history and entertainment as even the most successful historical films made in Hollywood have shown us. – CINEWS

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