Marking 20th year of the gruesome murder of an Australian missionary and his two young sons in Odisha’s sleepy outback wilderness of Manoharpur in Keonjhar district, Skypass Entertainment released its first film on February 1 in the US.
The 112-minute film will be released in India in March and its Australian release is slated for April.
Narrating the story line, U.S. based director of the film Aneesh Daniel says, “As the social fabric of life in rural India disintegrates in the late 1990s, journalist Manav Banerjee (Bollywood’s Sharman Joshi of 3 Idiots) moves with his pregnant wife to the town of Orissa in hope of a better life and the promise of a lucrative career. When speculation mounts that local Australian missionary Graham Staines (Hollywood’s Stephen Baldwin of The Usual Suspects) is illegally proselytizing leprosy patients, Manav agrees to investigate undercover for the newspaper. What he finds is a series of revelations that are difficult to fathom and even harder to explain, and Manav is forced to make a choice between his own ambition and the truth. In the end, his actions spark a tragic event that is felt around the world.”
The born again Christian actor Baldwin has over 100 movies to his credit. Actress Shari Rigby (October Baby) plays the role of Graham’s wife Gladys Staines. The film project took Wagh 15 years, faced much opposition and 3 attempts to complete the film which was finally released in 2017 in Hindi, English, Malayalam and Tamil. Dubbing is on for French and Portuguese language versions of the film.